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Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of the foot and lower limb. Many foot and leg pains are the result of abnormalities in the structure and alignment of the bones in the feet and legs, which, results in abnormal functioning of the muscles and joints.
This poor functioning of the lower limb leads to overuse injuries such as muscles strains and tears, ligament sprains, tendonitis and joint 'wear and tear'. There can also be a loss of natural shock absorption in the legs and feet which can result in stress fractures, lower back pains and neck pains.
Here at the clinic a biomechanical assessment consists of various joint and muscle tests and measurements. An analysis of your gait (walking) is also performed. We can also provide video gait and running analysis. This involves walking and/or running on a treadmill in the surgery. The recording can then be slowed down to further assist us in diagnosing how your feet function dynamically.
The results give us a whole picture of the way in which your feet and legs are moving and how mechanical stresses impact on each part of your foot or leg. We are then able to treat the pains by counteracting these stresses using a combination of stretching and strengthening exercises and /or with orthoses (see orthoses page).
Providing you with the best podiatrists
for the best foot care
Michael is a Health Professions Council Registered Podiatrist, having achieved a first class honours degree in Podiatry at the University of Brighton.
Julie is an experienced Podiatrist who qualified in 1980 and has worked both in Private practice and the NHS.
Sonia qualified in 19.. and has gained experience in the NHS specialising in Diabetes care and also works privately.
Sandra qualified in 19.. and is experienced in private practice and NHS Chiropody care. She has worked at the Croydon practice for 7 years as a Locum.