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Biomechanics

Biomechanics is the science that examines forces acting on the body and the effects produced. It is well recognised that a persons abnormal stance and gait can be the cause of recurrent postural problems which commonly include back, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain.

Symtoms may relate to leg length differences (actual or apparent) or as high arched or flat feet. Excessive or increased wear on the heels or soles of shoes, calf/foot muscle cramps, weak ankles and toe deformities are also signs. These may be the body's way of compensating for malalignment or as a result of the present or a previous injury. However it does not follow that this compensation is normal or acceptable, nor should the person feel or believe that nothing can be done.

Early recognition of abnormal foot and lower limb biomechanics can often avoid injury and should always be considered in the prevention of injury. This also applies to children, where feet and walking problems may be corrected during growth.

At the initial consultation and examination after a diagnosis is made, treatment options will be explained and advice given. If any further investigations such as X-rays, scans or tests are required then these will also be discussed.