Biomechanical assessments are used to assess your lower limb function. When there is indication of pain in the heel, knee, leg, foot, ankle or even back, this assessment investigates to determine whether there are any abnormalities, problems or compensations that could be causing the pain or lack of function in these areas.
It is rare for the body to be completely symmetrical on both the left and the right side, despite the assumption that bodies are “meant” to be aligned exactly. Feet and legs can have variations on either side, and many people have mild anomalies in one side or the other. This could take the form of a slightly misaligned pelvis, one leg that is a tiny bit longer or shorter than the other, a bowed leg or something else that makes walking, standing and moving uncomfortable or difficult.
Movement causes the body to compensate for any lower limb asymmetry. When this happens, far more strain is put onto the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints, which start to function abnormally as a result of the compensation. This can then lead to inflammation and even injury over time.
By assessing signs of pain in the lower part of the body, a podiatrist is able to see whether there are any compensations or irregularities, which can then be resolved through treatment options such as orthotics or rehabilitation.
When Would You Need Biomechanical Evaluation?
If you have been experiencing any persistent pain in the feet, legs or lower limbs, or you find that activities such as running or walking result in constant injury, or you have experienced any other kind of irregularities in the lower limbs, you may find that a biomechanical assessment is needed. Some typical signs of a possibly maligned lower limb function could include the following:
Feet that roll in or out, arches that are very high or very flat and foot issues such as bunions, callous and corns.
Sensation of feeling lopsided, or feeling of excessive pressure in any part of the body.
Constant, repetitive pain during day to day activities or sports.
Chronic, unexplained pain in the feet, legs, knee, hip or back.
Joint or muscle overload during running or other activity.