Biomechanics looks at the mechanics of joints and muscles and how they relate to each other within the body. Biomechanics from a podiatry perspective involves looking at how people walk, run and move, and the structures that get stressed and strained within the foot and the leg. A biomechanical podiatrist assesses the mechanics of the lower limb and how it relates to the rest of the body, using different techniques such as video gait analysis.
Podiatry is the new name for chiropody. Why the change in name? A lot more is covered in the practice and it requires highly skilled practitioners. Podiatry is also an internationally acknowledged title, and because of recent changes in legislation, the title is now protected by law.
Anyone who uses the title must register with a Health Professions Council (HPC). Registration is usually granted to those holding a specialised Bachelor's degree or Diploma in podiatry.
BSc Hons, MChS, SRCh, HPC registered
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM BIOMECHANICS?
If you experiencing foot, ankle, knee, hip or lower back pain, it could be as a result of the way you walk. A biomechanical podiatrist can initiate a specific rehabilitation programme designed to help reduce your pain. There are a number of different treatments, including: exercises, orthotics (insoles) and taping.
WHAT IS AN ORTHOTIC?
An orthotic is a device that will fit into a shoe, supporting the foot to work more efficiently. There are numerous orthotics on the market and they range in quality and function. A biomechanical podiatrist creates custom made orthoses to provide the best possible outcome.
*All orthoses come with a free 15 min fitting appointment.
Rachel Clark qualified with an honours degree in podiatry from the University of Plymouth in 2006. Her first job as a podiatrist was a basic grade with the NHS, working for the Torbay PCT. During this period of time she developed a keen interest in biomechanics.
In 2008 Rachel joined the North Somerset PCT as a senior community podiatrist. The following year she started her post graduate diploma in clinical podiatric biomechanics at Stafford University, and temporarily worked for the biomechanics team under the musculoskeletal service. In December 2012 Rachel started as the biomechanical lead for the podiatry department on a secondment, after completing her post graduate diploma. This job then became permanent in 2013.
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