What are biomechanical assessments?

Biomechanical assessments involve an examination of the lower limbs, checking their structure, alignment, strengths and weaknesses. The foot is a complex structure that helps bare our body’s weight as we walk every day. Lower limb examination isn’t only focused on the foot only but also includes the examination of the pelvis, legs, feet and spine. A biomechanical assessment will help identify problems and determine which treatment plan is suitable for you.

Biomechanical assessments involve the following:

  • Alignment of the foot, ankle, knee and leg
  • Joint flexibility which includes screening for joint hypermobility
  • Foot and leg muscle strength testing in order to detect muscle imbalances and weakness
  • Balance and pelvic stability tests
  • Visual gait analysis, with the use of slow-motion video analysis
  • Screening for limb length discrepancy

What does a biomechanical assessment entail?

A biomechanical assessment is split into 2 sections called the static and dynamic assessments. Static assessment involves Phillo Beukes taking measurements and analysing your body when you are sitting or standing. This will help him determine whether or not there are postural issues as well as bony alignment of your legs. In most cases, he will also check how strong your muscles are, and the range of motion available at each joint. Some condition tests may be conducted as well.

The dynamic assessment is done while you are moving (e.g. when running on a treadmill) and a video may be taken to be analysed. The video will then show force, impulse and pressures on the body. This is done to understand how these forces work in your body and to detect anything that may cause problems now or in the future.


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