Biomechanics: The benefits of walking comfortably

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Jubilee Thobejane

Understanding the intricacies of biomechanics is fundamental to ensuring optimal foot function and overall comfort. Biomechanics encompasses the study of how the body moves, particularly focusing on the mechanics of movement concerning muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments, especially in the context of the feet and lower limbs with the aim of improving performance, reducing risk of injury and improving comfort.

What is a biomechanical assessment?

A biomechanics assessment is a comprehensive examination conducted by experienced podiatrists. The aim of the assessment is to evaluate the intricate mechanics of the foot and lower limb during various weight-bearing activities such as walking, running, or standing. At Randell’s Footcare, our biomechanics assessments involve a detailed analysis of gait patterns, foot structure, joint mobility, and muscle strength. By utilising advanced diagnostic tools and techniques such as pressure plate and gyroscopes, we provide a thorough assessment tailored to your individual needs, offering insights into any underlying biomechanical issues that may be affecting your foot function and comfort.

How can this be helpful?

There are several reasons why individuals may benefit from undergoing a biomechanics assessment. Chronic foot pain or discomfort during everyday activities could be indicative of underlying biomechanical abnormalities. Issues such as overpronation, supination, or structural imbalances. Identifying issues early on is crucial for preventing the progression of conditions suchas plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or stress fractures. Moreover, athletes and active individuals engaged in high-impact sports like running or jumping can significantly benefit from a biomechanics assessment to optimise performance, prevent injuries, and enhance overall biomechanical efficiency.

What are orthotics & how do they help?

Custom-made orthotics, tailored to address specific biomechanical deficiencies, play a pivotal role in enhancing foot comfort and function. At Randell’s Footcare, we use the innovative Podoactiva System, a state-of-the-art approach to orthotic manufacturing. This cutting-edge system combines advanced 3D scanning technology with the expertise of their skilled podiatrists. Combined they create bespoke orthotics precisely tailored to your unique foot anatomy and biomechanical needs. Unlike generic off-the-shelf insoles, custom-made orthotics offer targeted individual support and correction, addressing issues such as excessive pronation, inadequate arch support, or abnormal foot alignment. By optimising foot biomechanics, custom orthotics can alleviate pain, improve stability, and enhance overall comfort, allowing you to move with confidence and ease.

Do you think that you could benefit from a biomechanics assessment? Contact us today to speak to one of our dedicated team for more information.

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