Biomechanics, Gait Analysis and Orthotics

Biomechanics, Gait Analysis and Orthotics2018-12-10T18:01:05+00:00

Project Description

I am a specialist podiatrist in the field of biomechanics, gait analysis and orthotics. I work closely with Andrew Root, a respected authority of biomechanics who manufactures many of my orthotics.  I am HCPC registered, a member of Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and registered with the major healthcare providers. To learn more about my other podiatry and chiropody services please go to the Podiatry page.

Treatments

I treat – heel, foot, ankle, knee, hip and back pain, plantar fasciitis, bunions, hypermobility, heel spurs, hammer toes, flat feet, arthritis and many other conditions. Please see below for some more detailed information of biomechanical conditions that I treat and see the Children’s page for more information about conditions that might be relevant to  young children and adolescents.  I give preventive advice about foot care and footwear. I treat athletes to support them in their chosen sport and profession and help alleviate strains that might occur.

Biomechanics and Gait Analysis

Biomechanics is the scientific study of movement. In a biomechanical assessment and gait analysis I investigate irregularities in the way you move to assess how to treat many conditions that effect adults and children.

Consultation and Assessment

Your biomechanical assessment and gait analysis lasts one hour. I can examine the way you walk and stand as well as your posture. I may evaluate you on the range of motion of your joints and the examination can look at pronation and supination, which is how you turn your foot when it touches the ground. I may evaluate your muscle strength as well as your body alignment and consider how different pressures are transferred through your body which may affect your condition.

It will be very helpful to see some of your shoes during our first consultation to assess how you wear them and how they have worn. Please bring to your consultation several pairs of shoes or trainers that you usually wear.

I am happy to discuss and recommend footwear and, depending on your condition, an orthotic can be worn with a wide range of shoes.

Please wear comfortable clothes as I may ask you to walk, sit or lie down on a treatment couch.

Orthotics

I can prescribe a bespoke orthotic to help alleviate pain. The orthotics I provide are a custom-made insole that fit the individual characteristics of your foot. An orthotic slips comfortably into shoes and can help improve deficiencies in gait, correct imbalances, support and improve foot function.
An orthotic can alleviate knee, neck, back and hip pain. Orthotics can also redistribute pressure which can reduce stress on toes and joints. I am experienced in giving biomechanical assessments to young children and teenagers.

Cast

During your consultation, if it is appropriate, I may prescribe a bespoke orthotic and take a cast of your foot. This is a skilled procedure, completely individual to you and reflects your unique condition. From this cast, based on the precise shape of your foot, an orthotic is made using the very best of materials for both shock absorption and support. I can prescribe a range of orthotic materials which will depend on your individual needs and condition.

Manufacture

I am very involved in all aspects of the manufacture of your orthotic which will ensure it is crafted exactly to your needs. Working in the field of biomechanics and orthotics for many years does mean that I have mastered the techniques to give an expert biomechanical assessment, take a precise cast and make a bespoke orthotic that can effectively help you.

Follow-Up

There is a follow-up consultation three to four weeks after your initial one and I will then fit the orthotic into your shoes. If any adjustments are needed to be made to your orthotics after your follow-up no extra charge will made.
Plaster casts are kept in storage to make further orthotics if needed. An orthotic will normally last be-tween 12 – 24 months depending on your age, your condition and type of use. Many patients have several orthotics for different shoes making them easier to use and extending their life.

Clinic

My clinic is at the Highgate Health Centre in Highgate Village, London. Clinics are held every weekend either on a Saturday or Sunday and every Tuesday. Please contact the Centre for an appointment on 020 8348 5553. For the Centre’s address, map and directions go to the Contact page, for information about chiropody go to the Podiatry page.

Cost

Consultation for a biomechanical assessment – £60

If it is appropriate to have an orthotic the fees are:

Plaster Cast – £80

Pair of Orthotics – £160

Total cost is £300 which includes the initial consultation with biomechanical assessment, the plaster cast and a pair of bespoke orthotics which are properly fitted in a follow-up appointment in three to four weeks.  All orthotics are guaranteed for 18 months.

Biomechanical conditions include: 

  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Hypermobility
  • Spurs
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Shin Splints
  • Leg length discrepancies

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