People often ask me, “what is biomechanics?”
Biomechanics is the term used to describe the effect of forces on the body.
This is an area of podiatry, I’m really keen on and often use this biomechanical knowledge to help establish why and how people are experiencing aches and pains in their legs and feet.
Often, this results in advice on footwear, stretching and strengthening exercises.
Sometimes, this may also include the use of ‘orthotics’. These are insoles designed to alter the forces exerted on the foot to help prevent or recover from aches and pains and keep people mobile.
A recent case springs to mind… A 28 year old runner came to see me, complaining of recurring knee pain. She had been previously told that her arches were flattening as she ran, so logically, she bought some arch supports which unfortunately didn’t help. However, when I examined her, I noticed that her foot was turned slightly inwards, so the big toe was positioned higher than the little toe when her heel was on the ground . This position meant that she had to quickly rotate her feet inwards to bring the big toe to the ground while running, increasing forces at the knee and causing pain. A simple insole with a suitable modifications and a series of stretches was all that was needed to reduce this inward rotation and ease the pain in her knees!
If you think you would benefit from a biomechanical assessment, please give the clinic a call on 01926 563555 .
I look forward to seeing you!