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Podiatry biomechanics. What's it all about? | Find Your Stride

Updated: Mar 16, 2023

If you're curious about podiatry biomechanics, then you've come to the right place! In this article, we will explain what biomechanics is and how it applies to podiatry. We'll also discuss gait analysis and orthoses, two important aspects of biomechanical treatment. If you're considering podiatry as a profession or are just interested to learn more, then this article is for you!


Podiatrists are experts in human movement and the stresses placed on our feet. We use this knowledge to help treat injuries and improve walking efficiency or running performance. Biomechanics is a branch of science that deals with the analysis of mechanical systems, like the human body. In podiatry, biomechanics helps us to understand how our feet interact with the ground, which makes us different from other healthcare professions.


Our focus on the foot means we are perfectly placed to prescribe orthoses, which are devices that support or alter the function of our feet and lower limbs. We may also recommend exercises based on gait analysis or, if the equipment is available pressure plate readings. Gait analysis is a technique used to assess how you walk or run, in order to identify any movements that could be detrimental to our lower limbs or perhaps be improved upon. The information obtained helps us to tailor an effective treatment for each individual.


Pressure plate equipment helps podiatrists analyse where your weight is distributed beneath the feet, it also allows us to quantify these readings so that we can measure or track progress. This technology is often used in research to help podiatrists understand the effects of different orthoses or treatments on our patients. It is also increasingly common in podiatry clinics, but is not essential for effective gait analysis.


Overall, biomechanics is a vital part of podiatry, it underpins every aspect of the work we do and therefore helps us to understand and treat a wide range of conditions effectively. If you have any questions about podiatry biomechanics, please don't hesitate to get in touch. After all, human movement is what we love most.


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