The Speciality of Podiatric medicine known as “Biomechanics” specialises in preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to the rotation or deformation of joints or muscles caused by the way we walk and stand.
Knowledge of Podiatric Biomechanics is important in treating musculo-skeletal problems effectively. When a person walks or runs, you need to know where the weight load on the body is greatest, the way the foot twists and specific knowledge of the way the muscles, bones and soft tissues interact for that particular demand.
The field of Biomechanics can be diverse and embraces further specialities pertaining to children’s walking (podopaediatrics) and sports injuries.
Who can benefit from Biomechanical Assessments?
Anyone who walks can benefit from some input as regards their gait and postural habits; but of course, we tend to see people who are presenting with symptoms and/or pain that they feel may be originating from their stance or walking patterns.
Peter welcomes patients who “self-refer” simply by phoning and booking an appointment, or, he takes referrals from GP’s, Allied Health Professionals (Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, etc) or your Consultant Physician or Surgeon.
What common problems occur?
Peter regularly see many patients with low arches, high arches, knock-knees, bow-legs, foot pain, ankle pain, lower limb or back pain. These could be chronic, acute or simple “overuse” problems.
What can Peter do?
As a podiatrist, Peter will assess and manage you by carrying out a physical biomechanical assessment. This looks at the way the bones, muscles, and associated structures such as tendons are aligned and interact. He will also need to take a medical history to see what systemic factors are influencing your skeletal balance.
He will also look at factors such as stability, body posture and other musculoskeletal factors. He will take into account the type of activities you engage in, and provide advice on what you can initially do for yourself, such as stretching and strengthening exercises.
He will then talk about the possible use of “orthotics” or specialist insoles to correct any significant standing, walking or postural habits.
Specialist podiatrists often work in a team where each team member has his own area of expertise. Peter may also refer you for X-rays or other investigative tests to help with a diagnosis.
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