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Biomechanical assessments – Part 1

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Written By

Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan
Philip Aumeer-Donovan

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Posted 1st August 2023

As featured in the Mulgoa Valley District Gazette

A biomechanical assessment is a series of investigations conducted by a podiatrist to ascertain how the structure and function of a patient’s feet and lower legs, and lifestyle factors contribute to issues they are having.

Why do a biomechanical assessment?

1. Pain

An assessment will help identify the source and cause of pain, as well as any structural and/or functioning issues that should be addressed to treat the pain.

2. Child’s growth

If there are concerns about the development or co-ordination of a child, an assessment can identify issues that need to be addressed, or put your mind at ease.

3. Genetic conditions / neurological disorders / brain injuries

Hereditary ailments (HAV or bunions, EDS, etc.), neurological disorders (CMT, MS, CP, Parkinson’s, muscular dystrophies, etc.), and brain injuries (traumatic brain injury, stroke, etc.) can affect the feet, balance, and/or coordination. Developing a good relationship with a podiatrist skilled in the biomechanics of complex cases is essential to track the progress of the disease’s effect on the feet and provide the correct support at the right time.

With a family history of genetic conditions, at-risk patients could also benefit from assessment even without symptoms, as it may be possible to slow the progress of the disease with early monitoring and intervention.

4. Acute trauma

Once an acute injury has healed, any residual pain can be investigated with an assessment. If the foot has been immobilised for some time (such as in a moon boot), structures involved in or around the injury may have weakened and require more support or rehabilitation. Sometimes compensating for the injury can cause secondary trauma that needs a different intervention to allow complete healing.

5. Chronic / repeat injuries

Poor or unsupported foot mechanics can be the cause of an injury that just won’t heal or keeps recurring.

6. Shoes wearing quickly

If shoes are wearing out particularly fast, especially if one side wears quicker than the other, the foot mechanics are likely contributing to that. An assessment will determine if the foot needs to be supported more to reduce the pressure on the shoes, or whether a change of shoes to a style better suited to the foot will help.

* For general information only – a healthcare professional must be seen for tailored advice

If you have any questions, please give us a call, email us, or send us a message – we’ll be happy to chat with you to discuss your needs.

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Authors

Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan

Shaheen is our Practice Manager. She works hard behind the scenes to ensure that the clinics run smoothly, best practices are being followed, and the staff have everything they need to look after the Repairs Afoot family. While a stickler for the paperwork, she’s also a little quirky and loves using her creativity to find new ways to encourage people to look after their feet.

Philip Aumeer-Donovan

Philip is our esteemed Clinical Manager and resident foot-whisperer. He has over 21 years of experience as a podiatrist and has been mentoring new graduates in the profession for over 12 years. He hasn’t met a sore foot he didn’t want to treat, which is why he has strived to build a clinic that can help patients with any kind of foot issue, and is committed to continuing education to ensure he is up-to-date with any new developments that could be beneficial for his patients. It is also why he is believes strongly in sharing his knowledge with the wider community.