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Biomechanical Assessment

Biomechanical assessments are a standard part of every appointment for patients experiencing any musculoskeletal pains or injuries in their feet and legs here at Masterton Foot Clinic. It is a very comprehensive assessment and is integral in both diagnosing your problem and identifying all the contributing factors that have led to its development – and your ongoing discomfort. 

 

It allows us to identify what we need to address to not just treat your problem now, but help to prevent it from returning in the future. It’ll be part of your assessment if you’ve come to see us for:

 

  • Knee pain
  • Leg pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Heel pain
  • Foot pain
  • Children’s growing pains
  • Sports-related pain
  • Problems associated with walking or movement
  • Arthritic joint pain

 

We don’t perform biomechanical assessments if you’ve come to see us for skin or nail-related problems, including corns, callus and warts, fungal nail or skin infections, ingrown toenails and the like.

 

Your biomechanical assessment includes

 

  • Assessing your foot posture and alignment
  • Checking the movement range available in your joints to look for any restrictions that may be causing problems or hypermobility that may need better control
  • Checking your muscle strength and balance
  • Assessing your gait – the way your feet and legs function together as you move and walk, including any abnormal characteristics, rotations, movements and more. This is recorded via video so we can show you what we’re seeing
  • Assessing the suitability of your footwear and the impact it’s having on your gait
  • Pressure testing – seeing where your joints and bones may be exposed to excessive loads and pressure
  • Additional tests as needed based on our findings – may include nerve testing, balance and proprioception testing, and very specific tests used to identify the injury extent with certain problems

 

 

We’ll also do hands-on palpation of the problem area to help identify the damaged or vulnerable structures, go through your medical history, understand your usual physical activities, movement patterns and daily demands, and what has led you to your current problem.