Chiropodists and Podiatrists based in Newton Abbot, Devon
Biomechanics – Basic Principles
Podiatric Biomechanics means the application of mechanical principles to alleviating
problems in the lower limb caused by misalignments of bones in the patient’s feet
and legs. Put simply, if the bones are out of line problems can be caused higher
up in the knees and lower back, as well as within the foot itself.
The efficiency with which the foot functions when walking or running depends on the
way in which bones and joints move in relation to one another.
Efficient pain-free function also depends on the angle the foot makes to the lower
leg and to the ground during motion. If these angles and alignments are incorrect
then soft tissue stresses will occur.
Off the Shelf Othotics
Not all conditions require bespoke or custom made devices. Simple pre-made orthotics
can be prescribed for a variety of mild biomechanical problems.
Custom Made Othotics
For more complex conditions (for example, where the problems are not the same in
both feet) custom made devices will be necessary. These are made by taking casts
of your feet and sending them to a laboratory with a detailed prescription. The
shoe inserts produced will last for many years and will have been fabricated exactly
to match your feet and their problems.
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