Biomechanical Gait Analysis
Sports injury, acute or chronic, can easily develop from poor biomechanics of the foot. Biomechanics is a broad area within Podiatry, which involves a detailed evaluation and analysis of how the joints of the limb and foot function in relation to each other. This requires sophisticated equipment and training to best understand human movement and to establish the primary cause of new or recurrent injuries.
Sport specific exercise and general walking are recorded on film for a detailed analysis of the biomechanics of the foot during the gait cycle. This information is used to either improve sporting performance and/or to address mechanical abnormalities by means of mechanical control, such as orthotics.
Further testing will investigate joint range of motion, muscle testing, and the ability of the
athlete to discriminate between good and bad foot posture and function in normal gait and sport specific movement.