This is the study of the mechanics of the living body and the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic forces on the skeletal structure.
Most people have small biomechanical abnormalities, which the body can often compensate for, however, over a period of time these anomalies may lead to discomfort, injury and can be responsible for such conditions as:
Iliotibial band syndrome
Biomechanical assessment aims to identify a cause for these conditions and where possible, correct or minimise the imbalances that often lie at the root of the problem. The session will involve an assessment of the joints in the lower limb, as well as examinations when standing, walking and lying supine.
The podiatrist will take a full history of any issues, pain or injury and at the end of the examination will make any relevant recommendations to the patient, which may include:
Orthoses – including footwear adaptations, heel lifts and insoles.
Any appropriate referrals
If orthoses are required, we aim to provide these during the session wherever possible and recommend that you visit us again in 10 weeks to review the situation and, if necessary, make any amendments to your treatment. We take pride in working with our patients to achieve the best possible results.
Rachael Crabtree, BSc (hons). MChS. HCPC reg. Podiatrist conducts the biomechanical assessments at Crossway Clinic. Rachael has a keen focus on biomechanics and gait assessment and works closely with her patients to fully understand their requirements and agree upon a suitable treatment plan.
Anyone who is experiencing discomfort or is concerned about their gait can book a biomechanical assessment. We see people of all ages and walks of life, from keen athletes to elderly people with mobility issues. The assessment is non invasive and all that we ask is to be able to see your knees! If you’re not sure that a biomechanical assessment is appropriate for you, just call the clinic and we’ll be happy to talk through your requirements.
Rachael Crabtree BSc (Hons) Podiatric. M.Ch.S. HCPC Reg. Podiatrist
Rachael qualified at The University of Salford. Since then she has worked in two busy private practices in Cambridgshire. Rachael treats a wide range of podiatric conditions with a specific interest in biomechanical assessment and orthotics. In 2014, Rachael has returned to her hometown of South Manchester and is delighted to become part of the Crossway clinic team.
To arrange an appointment for a bio-mechanical assessment, or for further information on insoles and orthotics, please contact The Crossway Clinic, Didsbury, Manchester on 0161 445 1018.