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30 Sep 2014

Biomechanical Injuries

We are fully functional for gait analysis at the moment, but hope to relaunch with a stronger, faster treadmill and higher performance cameras in Mid January 2018.

Biomechanics treatments are for problems on the inside of your foot.  These may be affecting joints, tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles.

Pain may be experienced in the foot, ankle, knee, hip or lower back, but the problems we focus on primarily originate in the feet and relate to how the feet contribute to lower limb and body function and alignment.

Different approaches to treatment are used.  These may be:

Changing movement patterns

Orthoses, usually custom made functional devices

Recommendations for footwear

direct pain management with dry needling or Kinesio taping techniques

Self Help 

You may wish to pay attention to the effect of reducing or modifying your activities temporarily.

When the injury or problem is not severe, some of the tips you can find on internet can be very effective for some people.  These could include off-the-peg insoles and night-splints, or changing your footwear.

Movement repatterining at The Running School in Acton is a very interesting idea to investigate if you suspect your gait is flawed.

Initial Biomechanics Assessment

You can book an initial one hour biomechanics assessment with Joanne for an investigation of the history of your pain, the possible causes of it, and and options for on-going treatment.

Bring shorts, and a range of typical footwear.  Most of this examination is done ‘static’, a video gait analysis is normally recommended.

Video Gait Analysis

Provides useful information for both the patient and therapist.  It can provide immediate feedback as regards movement patterns and the effect of shoes and different gaits.  It can help determine the most useful course of treatment.

This is one hour long, bring shorts and at footwear.  White is the best colour for socks as the cameras pick out light colours best.

Gait and Movement Re-Education

Changes to how you move including how you get up in the morning, stand, walk or run, can reduce stress on different tissues.  In some cases provide almost instant relief, in others, 2-3 appointments are needed.  It can be used in conjunction with other interventions.

Orthoses 

In  we use custom orthoses made to casts of your feet and hand made in labs in England or Canada.

Direct pain interventions

Kinesio taping and dry needling can break the cycle in which the pain leads to stiffness and guarding behaviour in the tissues, which in turn alters the way we move perpetuates the pain.  It is frequently used to reduce pain before considering the need for gait analysis and other interventions.

Therapists

Book your initial biomechanics assessment and gait analysis with me, Joanne.

I have over 9 years experience 9 years experience in lower limb biomechanics gait re-eduaction for pain and injury, and am certified in the Biomechanics of Running with The Running School (2017) and hold Level 4 Kinesiology Taping (2017)

Brenda is certified in Dry Needling and is Level 2 certified in Kinesiology Taping (2017).