Common Conditions

A resource library of the most common ailments

What is a Gait Analysis/Biomechanical Examination ?

Gait analysis or Biomechanical assessment is a complex analysis of your walking and running pattern. The assessment looks at your body’s movement (biomechanics) during walking or running.

Our Podiatry Team will analyse your body in a seated position, standing position and dynamically on a treadmill. Anyone can have an assessment and it is commonly used to help athletes run more efficiently and to identify movement-related problems for people who have injuries in the foot, ankle, knees, hips or lower back.

The Podiatry Team at South West Podiatry specialise in how people walk and run to treat painful feet and prevent injury.

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  • We use the latest to identify areas of increased foot pressure and inefficiencies in your foot pattern.  Video analysis is also used to identify in-efficient foot patterns or increased stress in the lower legs and feet. Watch Cristiano Ronaldo being Dynamically tested using the same that we use at South West Podiatry:
  • A foot mould is then taken using either a 3D scan, traditional plaster of paris or a foam box impression to manufacture you a prescribed, custom made insole/orthotic device for your shoes.

What are Insoles or Orthotics?

Treatments typically include a combination of advice, exercises, stretches, and the use of orthotics (shoe insoles). An orthotic is a device that is placed inside the shoe to change the way the foot works, to reduce the degree of stress that the foot is under during walking or to offload painful areas in your feet. We have a range of Orthotics available for you to consider from; temporary insoles, Semi-Custom Orthotics and specialised Fully Custom made orthotics.

The most common problem that our Podiatrists hear in our clinic is “my orthotics cannot fit into my shoes !”

At South West Podiatry, we have developed specific Custom made orthotic designs to fit into very low profile shoes, even converse!

Your Podiatrist will assess your specific orthotic requirement and will discuss your choice orthotic design to suit your footwear. Your podiatrist may also suggest footwear recommendations to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

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What happens after the assessment ?

As part of your specific package of care, orthotics are usually fitted 1-3 weeks after consultation and a review appointment will also be booked, between 4-6 weeks following your assessment.

You can request a full report of your assessment and recommendations will be either emailed directly to you or be posted in a letter.

Strength, flexibility and posture are all important and will be identified within your consultation. We liaise with your GP and Consultants on your behalf, if further investigation or alternative management is required following your assessment. Treatment may also include referrals to additional allied health practitioners, such as physiotherapists for specific rehabilitation.

What are the costs?

After an initial consultation, your Podiatrist will discuss your specific package of care, which includes your consultation fees and orthotic device. Further information regarding costs can be found here.

New Patients need to book an initial consultation with our Podiatry team, at one of our locations.

Speak to our experienced reception team to book an initial consultation today on 020 7164 6607.