hannah rycroft - podiatry background feet
hannah rycroft - podiatry background feet


Biomechanics and Orthotics

Biomechanics deals with problems arising from the way your joints are aligned and your muscle function. It is well recognised that a person's abnormal gait can be the cause of recurrent postural problems which commonly include back, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain.

Symptoms may relate to leg length differences or high/low arched feet. Other signs include excessive or increased wear on the heels or soles of shoes, calf/foot muscle cramps, weak ankles and toe deformities. These may be the body's way of compensating for misalignment or as a result of injury. However it does not follow that this compensation is normal or acceptable, nor should you feel that nothing can be done.

Management of problems will often include addressing incorrect foot and lower limb biomechanics, as it is not unusual for even small misalignments to be the underlying cause of a problem.

If any further investigations such as X-rays, scans or tests are required then these will also be discussed.