BIOMECHANICS  & ORTHOTICS

Is the study of the body in locomotion; the foot is the most amazing piece of body engineering going, supporting thirty three joints, twenty eight bones and over a hundred ligaments. It is a mobile adapter allowing us to walk over different surfaces ranging from cobbled streets to flat surfaces by acting as a rigid lever having the ability to propel the body over the foot in locomotion.

 

We walk an average of  up to fifteen thousand steps per day and in some cases more, loading  one and a half times our body weight through our feet on average nine and a half thousand times a day. If the relationship between feet and body breaks down  this can manifest directly as foot, ankle, knee  and  hip  pain or it can cause secondary symptoms in the joints and muscle of the leg, knee, pelvis and lower back.

Injuries can be prevented from healing by mechanical dysfunction or an alignment problem. If your tracking on your car is out of alignment the tyres wear badly, therefore correcting the tracking helps the tyres to wear more evenly. The same principle applied to the foot. Realign the foot with an orthotic and uneven wear and tear can be helped.

 

The term ORTHOTICS   refers to an external device (some people would call an Inner Sole) but an orthotic is far more than that.  Orthotics are  bespoke prescription devices designed specifically to meet an individual’s requirements to support, correct and re-align the feet and ankles to as near natural position as possible to help biomechanical dysfunction.  They work on the same principle as eye glasses… an optician prescribes glasses ensuring that an appropriate set of lenses are made fitting the specific needs of the eyes they are meant to help.  The principle follows then that ORTHOTICS are constructed to fit the unique needs of the feet they are designed to support.  I do not use a one size fits all approach in the same way as I would not go to a supermarket to buy a set of prescription glasses off the shelf.

Off the shelf devises often do not fit the feet they are bought for and in many cases tend to create more problems.

 

To produce a fully bespoke pair of Orthotics we use a 3D scanner to take a 3D scanned image of the foot, this is sent to the Specialist  lab with the prescription prescription form, for them to make the bespoke prescription Orthotics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conditions that can benefit from bespoke orthotics:

 

Heel Pain (Plantar fasciitis)

Achillies Tendonitis

Femoral Patella Syndrome

Ankle Pain

Arch Pain (Due to Fallen arches or Pronation)

Knee pain (Lateral or medial)

Ball of foot Pain (Metatarsalgia, Morton’s Neuroma)

Hip Pain

Lower Back and Sacroiliac Pain

Arthritic Pain

 

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SWANAGE CHIROPODY PODIATRY BIOMECHANICS CLINIC