Podiatry with Endija Skopane
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The examination is not focused simply upon the foot but includes the pelvis, legs and knees, assessing the relationship between them. It is important to examine the lower limbs as a whole because they are closely connected and pain in one area can be due to a weakness or structural problem in another area.
But a biomechanical assessment provides a comprehensive understanding of any underlying problems in the lower limbs and should be the first step
There are many different types of recommended treatments following a biomechanical assessment, depending upon your results. For people who have good structural foot mechanics, the podiatrist will advise on the best footwear in order to reduce the risk of foot problems. Simple changes such as wearing trainers designed for your gait or wearing insoles can be very effective.
Sports Podiatrists (or musculoskeletal Podiatrists) primarily focus on the way the foot interacts with the ground and try to consider the loads or forces that the lower limb has to contend with during high impact sporting activity. This is often also referred to as ‘biomechanics’ which is essentially the application of mechanical principles to living organisms
The dynamic assessment (or gait analysis) will often be captured by video software and the review of this footage provides information on the motion and relationship of body segments to each other, and help identify any potentially damaging movement patterns. Showing an individual the video of their gait analysis (copies can be provided on CD) is also thought to be beneficial to the rehabilitation process.