Many common problems in the foot, ankle, hip, knee and lower back that we treat every day as therapists can often have a biomechanics component i.e. they can be associated with the mobility and the position of our feet.
How do I know if this relates to me? Well a common give away is when you have recurrent problems that fail to fully resolve with ‘hands on treatment’- which although fantastic at addressing areas of stiffness and restricted movement, alongside exercises to help strengthen weak areas- cannot always address factors associated with how your foot adapts to the ground when you stand, walk or run.
What will happen during assessment? Essentially a physical examination with our biomechanics specialist will involve not only an assessment of the mobility in your feet in lying and standing but also a gait analysis will be undertaken with the additional use of the latest computerised technology in a pressure plate which allows us to get a clear idea of what happens to your foot as you walk or what we call the gait cycle.
What can be done? When appropriate we prescribe custom made insoles (also called inserts or orthotics) to help address any problems or functional insufficiencies found allowing the foot to be supported during the gait cycle which helps reduce any unnecessary stress and ultimate strain on the feet often resulting in an improvement in your symptoms.
How much does it cost? It depends on what type of orthotic you need and your level of activity but generally if you require an orthotic used everday and need to use various different footwear then a ¾ length in-sole (modular orthotics: which can be used in different footwear, around £75 for normal plastic and £90 for thinner materials in shoes with less space) is likely to be helpful and if you need more support during physical activity e.g. running or if your feet are size 13 or over then a full length in-sole will be more appropriate which will mean we need to take a dry cast of your foot to allow a computer generated insole (CAD CAM: £160) to be made.
What if the inserts don’t help? We do not charge for additional adaptations made to existing inserts and are happy to make further adjustments until maximum benefit can be achieved. It is worth noting however that inserts are not always the complete answer and best used in a complete approach to address the body as a whole.
To book a biomechanics assessment please call 01225 683007 to book an appointment with Stuart