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Assessment of lower limb biomechanics is particularly important for individuals who may be experiencing pain/stiffness/discomfort in hips, knees, ankles and feet. Sometimes low back pain can occur if the mechanics of the lower limbs are not working in the most optimal way. Often an imbalance in the biomechanics of the lower limb will become more obvious and may result in pain and discomfort when an individual either takes up a new sport, returns to an existing hobby/sport but at a more competitive or intensive level. Biomechanical difficulties can also occur with a change in working environments, birth defects to the foot/ankle etc.
A biomechanical assessment at Riverview Clinic involves the following:
Your feet are the foundation of your entire body. They do an incredible amount of work each day. The smallest imbalance can cause a great deal of discomfort, but properly fitted prescription orthotics help restore the normal balance and alignment of your body and bring relief from fatigue and pain.
The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics may begin with any of the following:
What can you do?
Riverview Clinic® can prescribe foot orthotics to help correct your specific body imbalance.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are devices worn in your shoes that provide correction to your feet, helping them to function more efficiently. Poor foot function and alignment may be the cause of various pains such as foot pain, hip pain, knee pain and back pain.
Prescription orthotics are medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Orthotics work on the feet in the same way braces work on the teeth - by exerting gentle consistent pressure to bring muscles and bones back into proper alignment. They fit comfortably in shoes and are usually made of flexible moulded thermoplastic. The devices are always made from custom precise impressions taken of your feet.
Your foot is in contact with the ground for about 0.8 of a second when walking and about 0.25 seconds when running. Imagine trying to determine normal or abnormal foot function with the naked eye in a quarter of a second? This is too difficult for even the most experienced practitioner. The Gait Scan system records your timing sequences during gait as you walk or run across the pressure plate. This enables your practitioner to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics and determine whether you would benefit from wearing custom made foot orthotics.
Prescription orthotics may help relieve your pain by realigning and stabilising the bones in your feet, restoring your natural walking pattern.
The Wearing of Orthotics
In your shoes your feet rest comfortably on the orthotics. Your feet are gently and consistently forced into the correct functioning position for walking, running and standing. Pressure points, improper rotation of the foot, painful muscle strain and abnormal forces on the legs, hips and spine are eliminated because orthotics enable your feet to function properly.
Orthotics help your feet work so naturally that you will want to wear them as much as possible.
How does Gait Scan work?
1. Scans the Foot
As you walk across the pressure plate, thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure of your foot overtime.
2. Maps Foot Pressure
From your step, the computer displays 2D and 3D visual representations of the pressure under your foot. You can see where you have too much or too little pressure.
3. Prints a Report
The information is then summarised in a report that can be printed for you and your practitioner to see. The report findings will help evaluate your foot function and determine if the pain you are experiencing is related to faulty foot function.
4. Determines the need for Orthotic Therapy
The information from this report will assist your practitioner to determine if you need orthotic therapy.
5. Data is sent to the Laboratory
When it is determined that you will benefit from orthotic therapy your information is then sent securely to the laboratory. From there your custom made orthotics are manufactured specifically for you and your feet.
How long does it take and what does it cost?
Once you’ve had the Gait Scan done, your custom orthotic insoles will normally be ready in 2-3 weeks. Please click here to check our current prices.
For more information on our Custom Orthotics please ask your practitioner