Podiatry and Biomechanics

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Biomechanics and gait analysis is a way of looking at how people walk, run, and move and the structures that get stressed and strained within the foot, leg and the rest of the body. A biomechanical podiatrist assesses the mechanics of the lower limb and how it relates to the rest of the body, using different techniques like video gait analysis. Conclusions are made through analysis to develop the best programme to resolve any abnormalities causing or could potentially cause a problem.

A biomechanical podiatrist can initiate a specific rehabilitation programme designed to help reduce your pain, or develop a programme to prevent any potential problems. There are different treatments including exercises, orthotics (insoles), taping etc. The use of an orthotic can help align the foot and ankle to work more efficiently. A custom-made orthoses will provide the best possible outcome.

Nail Surgery

For the treatment of ingrowing toe nails it is sometimes necessary to remove them under local anaesthetic. This procedure can be done to remove all or a portion of the affected nail. A chemical will be used to destroy the cells that form the nail to create a permanent removal of the nail. The procedure usually takes about 1 hour and no hospital stay is needed.

Chiropody / Podiatry foot care

At Brockway Medical Centre we can offer regular nail and foot care. This includes nail care, callus debridement, verruca treatment etc. We have specalist knowledge in the Diabetic and Rheumatoid foot and can provide advice on a range of foot conditions. Please contact us or Brockway Medical Centre directly to book an appointment.  

FAQ

What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatry is the new name for chiropody. Why the change in name? These days we are highly skilled practitioners and cover a lot more in our practice. Podiatry is also an internationally acknowledged title and because of recent changes in legislation, common professional titles like 'chiropodist' and 'podiatrist' are now protected by law.

Anyone who uses a protected title must register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Such registration is normally only granted to those holding a specialised Bachelor's degree or Diploma in podiatry.

What is Biomechanics?

Think biological mechanics: the physical mechanics of joints and muscles and how they relate to each other within the body.

Biomechanics from a podiatrist's perspective means looking at how people walk, run and move, and the structures that get stressed and strained within the foot and leg. A biomechanical podiatrist assesses the mechanics of the lower limb and how it relates to the rest of the body, using different techniques such as video gait analysis.

Do I need to see a Biomechanical Podiatrist?

Are you experiencing foot, ankle, knee, hip or lower back pain? Then it could be as a result of the way you walk. A biomechanical podiatrist can initiate a specific rehabilitation programme designed to help reduce your pain. There are different treatments including exercises, orthotics (insoles), taping etc.

What is an orthotic?

An orthotic is a device that fits into a shoe, supporting the foot to work more efficiently. There are numerous orthotics on the market and they range in quality and function. A biomechanical podiatrist creates custom-made orthoses to provide the best possible outcome.