Biomechanics & Gait Analysis

Biomechanics refers to the application of mechanical laws to living structures. Faulty biomechanics can inhibit proper body function and give rise to a whole host of musculoskeletal
problems.


Specialists in Biomechanics & Gait Analysis study the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal systems with specific reference to the lower limb, walking and dynamics associated with a variety of activities.

Biomechanical analysis will assess normal and abnormal joint, ligament, tendon, muscle and neurological structure and function.

Gait analysis will assess normal and abnormal walking, jogging, running and other dynamic motions.

Misalignments and poor function may result in over pronation, over supination, flat feet, high arched feet, persistent ankle sprains, tendonitis, plantar fascitis, bunions, toe deformities and many other foot and ankle disorders. Conditions which we would not normally associate with foot function such as pain in the knees, hips, back and neck may also be a result of poor lower limb biomechanics.

Essentially the study of biomechanics is integral in the management of most musculoskeletal conditions affecting any part of the body. It plays a particularly important role in the foot and lower limb because these parts of our body are subjected to weight bearing forces and gravity.


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