Biomechanics

Biomechanics

Bio Mechanics is the study of the structure and function of forces within the human body, which is able to analyse and interpret the cause/effect of forces applied to the body. A bio mechanical assessment involves an evaluation of the feet, legs and body position. This examination is a critical part of the evaluation.

The information gained from a bio mechanical assessment forms the basis for a rehabilitation programme. The assessment consists of muscle strength, range-of-motion at the lower limb joints, and the angular relationships of the segments of the foot and leg.

A Podiatrist will also collect information by performing a computerized gait analysis of your feet. The podiatrist’s evaluation will mainly concentrate on the assessment of the hip, knee and ankle joints.

The Top 6 Biomechanical Influences:

Running Shoes

Getting the right shoe is fundamental for effective running.

Orthoses

The structure and function of the foot can help with identifying the cause of discomfort when running. The use of shoe inserts can help to control the way that the feet and legs function, thereby reducing discomfort.

Muscle Flexibility

Good flexibility allows the joints to function correctly, reducing injury and optimising performance as well.

Strength and Conditioning

Conditioning your body is one of the most important factors for runners, and many problems can be avoided if you increase the time on your feet gradually and allow your body to adapt.

Running Style

Simple changes to running style can reduce stress and injury.

Fatigue

Don’t push distance too far too soon, as it is one of the biggest mistakes that you will ever make! Ensure you get enough sleep and rest in; this will decrease fatigue levels.

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