Biomechanical assessment and injury management
Do you have foot, ankle, or lower leg pain? Or perhaps something just doesn’t look or feel right? (e.g. flat feet, bunions, or knock knees). Our Podiatrist, Brendan Coyle, has 20 years’ experience in the field of lower limb biomechanics and is expertly placed to work out what is going on, why it’s happening, and how to fix it.
We’ll perform a biomechanical assessment to identify the source of your pain, provide you with an accurate diagnosis, ascertain the cause and contributing factors, and provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan.
Even in the absence of pain, a biomechanical assessment allows us to identify and address structural and functional lower limb problems to help prevent injury and/or improve performance.
We set aside 1 hour to ensure your pain or problem is assessed and managed without cutting corners. Your appointment will consist of:
The consultation – we set aside the time to listen and understand your concerns and individual requirements. We’ll discuss your presenting concern, injury history, activity levels, goals, expectations, and more. Information collected here helps guide the assessment.
The assessment – we perform a non-weight bearing and weight bearing examination. Your pain or injury will dictate how much we’ll get you moving but, typically, we’ll have you sitting, standing, walking, running, or whatever it takes to identify your problem and any contributing factors. A footwear assessment will also be included in the assessment process.
The diagnosis – you’ll leave with detailed explanations and answers, so that you understand the ins and outs of your pain or injury.In most cases, we’re able to clinically diagnose your pain, however, if it is inconclusive, we can investigate further through scans, tests, or referrals to professionals in our trusted local referral network.
The treatment plan – we will provide you with individualised short-, medium- and long-term solutions. Our goal is to resolve your problem as quickly as possible, but we also need to equip you with long-term strategies to prevent future issues.
Treatment will always include education about your pain or injury and its contributing factors. This is vital for short and long-term management. Other treatment options include:
- Activity and movement modification
- Exercise workload planning
- Soft tissue programs – strengthening and stretching
- Footwear advice and prescription
- Cushioning and deflective innersoles
- Custom foot orthotics