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At Foundation Podiatry Townsville we undertake a detailed Initial Biomechanical Assessment. Rather than just treating the symptoms, we do a thorough initial assessment to get to know your story so that we can get to the bottom of your concern. Your treatment is then tailored individually to you.
An Initial Biomechanical Assessment will involve the following steps:
We will ask you lots of questions. Getting to know aspects about you such as exercise history, work history, previous injuries and illnesses is important. We take the time to listen to you and find out what your treatment goals are.
We can access any relevant medical imaging that you have had. Our Podiatrists can also refer for bulk billing x-ray and ultrasounds if necessary – so there is no need to visit your GP first to have this done.
We will ask you to bring in relevant footwear (work/school, home and exercise). Often footwear may play a role in causing an injury or resolving an injury.
Our Townsville Podiatrists will check the flexibility and stability of your lower limb. We will check that you have adequate joint range of motion and muscle strength to do your required activity. We will assess whether you have a structural leg length difference.
If you are having pain, we will gently palpate to find where your pain is, what muscle/tendons/joints etc are involved. We will work out what movements and activities exacerbate your pain.
Our experienced Podiatrists will closely watch how you walk. We don’t just focus in on the feet, instead we pay careful attention to how your body moves as a whole. The gait cycle involves 4 main phases – heel strike, midstance, propulsion and swing phase. Using gait analysis technology, we can explain your gait to you in slow motion. If you have a running related injury or want to improve your running performance, we may recommend a more thorough Running Gait Assessment.
Once we have completed all steps in the biomechanical assessment, only then are we able to give you an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan-of-attack. At Foundation Podiatry we utilise a wide range of hands-on treatment options such as Shockwave therapy, Low Level Laser therapy, Medical Acupuncture and mobility, balance & strength exercises. Learn more about our varied treatment options here.
Where necessary we will communicate with your GP and we have a great network of trusted Townsville Allied Health colleagues to refer to if needed.
Rest assured, our Townsville Podiatrists Hayley and Chris both have over 16 years’ experience in diagnosing and successfully treating complex foot pain, ankle pain and lower limb complaints. So, whether you’re an elite athlete, weekend warrior or just want to be able to play with the grandkids we have the skills and experience to help you!
Do you need a Biomechanical assessment? Book now to get a thorough footwear check, musculoskeletal assessment, foot pain assessment and gait analysis.