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SWANAGE CHIROPODY PODIATRY BIOMECHANICS CLINIC

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 3000 steps per day with two and a half times our body weight going 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 and ankle 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.

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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