Biomechanics.......... KEEPING YOU MOVING - PAIN FREE                                                                                                       

Do you need Orthotics?                                                                 

 

Aching, tired feet or painful lower limbs do not have to be endured.  The cause of such problems is often linked to the way our feet function.  Mis-alignments of the joints and soft tissue structures of the feet can often cause or make worse problems in the knees, hips and back.  Our feet take the strain of most of our daily activities, and every step we take impacts directly upwards through the body.  

 

Using modern treatment methods, The WalkWell Clinic is able

to relieve and prevent foot problems

 

Prices:

Biomechanical consultation                                           £50

 

Poron Insoles                                                                 £40 

Custom-made Biomex Insoles                                       £65

 

Custom-made Langer Insoles                                      £395

Custom-made Pegasus Insoles                                   £495

 

How are these problems treated?    

Podiatrists specialising in clinical biomechanics are able to assess the function of the feet and lower limbs, through the science of "Bio-mechanics" (which is the mechanical principles to the musculo-skeletal system). This process involves an in-depth assessment of all the joints and muscles in a patient's foot and lower leg.  

 

Who would benefit from a biomechanical examination?

Anyone in any of the following categories could find a biomechanical examination of use:

  •        Those with acute or chronic pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower back
  •        Those aged 55 or over, who wish to remain active throughout their retirement years
  •        Amateur and professional athletes
  •        Anyone who regularly participates in racquet sports, down-hill skiing, walking, rambling and golf
  •        Those in weight bearing and high demanding occupations
  •        Anyone, who for any reason, spends a lot of time standing up or walking

   

What to expect from a biomechanical examination

The podiatrist begins by asking the patient for details of their medical history, the presenting complaint, and their daily activities.  A comprehensive analysis is then performed for standing and walking.  This facilitates a close up examination of the way the joints and muscles are working during standing, walking or running. 

 

What happens next if orthotics are considered the best treatment?

If orthotics are considered the best treatment option, another appointment is made where plaster of paris casts will be taken to capture the foot in its "Neutral Functioning Position"

 

The casts, along with a detailed prescription form, are sent to a specialist orthotic laboratory where the orthotics will then be custom-made.  The patient then returns to have them fitted and has one further appointment shortly afterwards to check that all is working as it should be. 

 

Why are these orthotics so effective?

The orthotics are custom-made to fit the foot exactly.  They also work to treat the exact problems and, therefore, differ from orthotics which can be purchased from a retailer.  Those sold over the counter are made to cover a varying range of problems and sizes, and so cannot ever be specific to any one patient.    

 

Why orthotics?  

Functional biomechanical custom-made orthotics are designed to fit into shoes.  The purpose of orthotics is to control and improve the way the feet and lower limbs work together.

More specifically, they help the bones and muscles of the feet, legs, pelvis and back, to function correctly.  This usually reduces any pain and discomfort from developing, and decreases the likelihood of any future problems developing.

   

Are there different kinds of orthotics?

There are many different types of orthotic, all of which are manufactured to meet the requirements of the individual.  And yes, for ladies, you can wear orthotics in high-heeled shoes.

Orthotic types:      

  •       General all-purpose orthotics
  •       Specialised sports orthotics
  •       Dress orthotics (for formal wear or court shoes)
  •       Softer/ flexible orthotics, for the elderly
  •       Children’s orthotics   

A simple Biomechanical Assessment can

lead to improving your quality of life

 

Don’t live with the pain; it is unlikely to go away on its own!

 

Ultrasound

Ultrasound therapy is a treatment modality used to treat conditions of pain or inflammation.  Sound waves are transmitted to the tissues reduce inflammation and promote the healing of soft tissue injuries.  

This treatment works by gently heating the tissues to increase the blood flow to the area to aid healing.  

Ultrasound therapy is not painful; it is considered a relaxing treatment.  Often a course of 8 treatments, performed for 8 minutes each time, is beneficial.  It is a perfectly safe treatment if carried out by a fully qualified podiatrist.

At The WalkWell Clinic we offer ultrasound therapy to any individual suffering from pain in the foot or lower limb, and who wishes to avoid taking painkillers. This pain can be a generalised pain, or pain caused by an injury or osteoarthritis.

For more information, you may find it useful to download our ultrasound leaflet:

 or you could contact the Clinic on 01788 537300