Biomechanical Assessment and Orthotics

Anatomy Manchester are very proud to offer this very specialist service under the guidance of one of the world’s leading sports injury biomechanists / podiatrists. Clifton Bradley of Sub4 has trained  Jennie Lloyd  to provide biochemical assessments following the practices that he has set up at Sub4. They can also, where appropriate, send prescriptions to Sub4 to make orthotics.

The principles of biomechanics are based around walking and running and how the weight is distributed through the foot. There are two main issues with people’s posture which stem from the way they walk.

The first occurs when the arch in the foot doesn’t flatten at all. This typically occurs in a person with a high arch – because the arch doesn’t flatten it absorbs shock poorly and this places stress on the joints.  The second problem results if the arch flattens too much. This is known as over pronation and over time can lead to hammer toes, bunions as well as knee, hip and lower back pain. Orthotics help to redress these problems, which come about through repetition.

Here at Anatomy in Chorlton assessments can take up to three hours spaced over two or three sessions depending on the complexity of the problem.  This is because we like to look at the postures of the body under different circumstances and combine it with any necessary treatment.  This also allows time for treatment and strength work to take effect, making sure any proscribed orthotic fits to the best of its ability.

Orthotics can also be used by sports people to help with biomechanical issues that can arise as muscle fatigues, by carrying out part of the assessment in this fatigued state, the therapists can not only help address these week arrears but also help strengthen then and then make the orthotics to help the body during this time.

Some of the injuries that can incur if your biomechanics are not working well include:

  • Muscle imbalance of the feet and legs
  • Ankle pain or discomfort in the ball of the foot
  • Strain on the Achilles tendon and Plantar fascia ligament
  • Tightness in the calves and hamstrings
  • Impingement of the sciatic nerve
  • Lower back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Stress fractures