A biomechanical assessment is the comprehensive analysis of the foot, ankle and lower limb mechanics which includes the following:
- Non weight bearing assessment of leg length, hip joint, knee joint, ankle joint, rear foot and forefoot joints
- Muscle flexibility of the lower limb
- Muscle strengths of the lower limb
- Gait assessment to see how you are walking and what areas might be getting overloaded
A full biomechanical assessment is required if a custom orthotic device will be part of your treatment plan. The assessment allows the Podiatrist to determine what sort of orthotic will work best, which structures need to be offloaded, which areas might be at risk of injury in the future and what footwear will work best for you.