Why is a biomechanical examination important?
Last update: 18 November 2022
The biomechanical examination is a comprehensive evaluation of the condition of the foot and lower limbs that considers both the muscular and skeletal components. Both the examination of the foot with and without stress and the study of the foot in motion are included. Numerous pathologies, including misalignments and deformities, can be found with a biomechanical examination. Therefore, it is especially recommended in situations involving recurring discomfort, pain, or difficulties walking.
Get a biomechanical exam if you are an athlete
If the movements are not completed correctly, and in cases of poor posture, regular practice of a sport might result in various issues. Taking jogging as an example, which places a lot of stress on the feet, we can see that many runners do not adopt the proper positioning: heel outwards, pressure on the same areas, inadequately cushioned shocks, etc. These are some of the things that can hurt and injure people every day.
The podiatrist will be able to see your feet’s position during walking with extreme precision if you have a biomechanical examination, particularly the dynamic portion. They will therefore be in a better position to comprehend the cause of the issue and suggest tailored solutions (type of shoes, orthotics, strengthening exercises, etc.). They will then be able to give you advice on how to feel better, avoid injuries, and boost your athletic performance all at once.
Biomechanical examination to identify pressure points
Some pressure points on the foot will be more stimulated than others while we exercise or even merely walk every day. If the person has sensitive feet or has poor posture, this problem gets intensified. Due to the skin’s reaction, dead flesh forms like horns, corns, and calluses are produced in addition to the musculoskeletal component. These disorders are easily treated by the podiatrist. But in order to stop them from happening again, it is highly advised to have a biomechanical examination of the foot, as this will help identify the issue’s root cause and then help fix it.
Have a biomechanical examination if your shoes are wearing out quickly
If you notice that your shoes are wearing out too quickly, it could indicate that you are suffering from a foot deformity. Thus, your podiatrist can do a biomechanical examination to determine precisely what kind of deformity it is and find remedies to correct the issue.
The podiatrist commonly recommends orthotics to help support the foot and adjust the support points in cases of deformities like hallux valgus.
One other thing: if your shoes are wearing out too rapidly, it can also be a sign that they are not fitted to the shape of your feet. So, keep in mind how important it is to wear quality footwear, and steer clear of particularly tight-fitting and high-heeled styles.
Have a biomechanical examination for knee deformity
Another malformation that the podiatrist can identify through a biomechanical examination is the Valgum knee. An inward deviation of the knees is a key characteristic of this issue, which is experienced by some patients. This area of the body may suffer immediate to long-term issues as a result, which may affect the skeleton’s general alignment.
The degree of the knee’s deformity will already be visible to the podiatrist’s bare eyes during the examination. They will be able to assess the patient’s gait during the dynamic evaluation and then examine the places of support requested while the patient is standing still. They can detect restricted movements with the aid of the unloaded component. It will provide a clear and thorough investigation before identifying a care solution.
Have a biomechanical examination to better understand the origin of the problem
A biomechanical examination gives the podiatrist a clear view of the foot’s condition, whether it is during a routine appointment or a consultation for a specific issue. It also gives a picture of the lower limbs’ whole musculoskeletal system. Athletic people can benefit greatly from this examination, and those who experience chronic pain can also get the help they need.
Make an appointment today for a biomechanical foot examination at one of the FootNetwork clinics to avoid waiting until you are in pain and to put the odds in your favor.