Biomechanical assessment Glasgow and Hamilton

Our orthotics and biomechanics clinic in Hamilton near Glasgow and our biomechanical assessment clinic in Glasgow are the only clinics in Scotland that provide a free biomechanical assessment, and have won the customer service 5 star award.

A biomechanical assessment is the process of assessing the movement and alignment of the body. It is undertaken to understand why certain movements, joint alignment, muscle strength and muscle imbalance all contribute to the efficiency and quality of movement for an individual. This assessment then allows the Podiatrist or Orthotist to give a diagnosis of the problem and how it may be treated.

There are many Podiatrists, Physiotherapists, Orthotists and other clinicians who offer a biomechanical assessment, but cannot provide the true specialist treatments such as custom orthotics, video gait analysis or in-shoe pressure analysis.  Instead, many of these clinicians provide orthotics by having a 3rd party make these on their behalf.

At the Sport Orthotics biomechanical assessment clinics we have our own orthotic lab where we manufacture, adjust and repair custom orthotics while you wait. This means the findings of your biomechanical assessment at our clinics in Hamilton, Glasgow and Aberdeen clinics allow our Podiatrists and Orthotists to personally prescribe, design and manufacture your orthotics to address your biomechanical issues.

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We see this as a particular strength of our clinical biomechanics and orthotics team, as we have both the clinical and technical biomechanics and orthotics knowledge to provide a one stop shop approach for your podiatry, biomechanics and custom orthotic needs.

Any biomechanics specialist undertaking a biomechanical assessment should tailor the assessment to be relative to the patient's activity level and any underlying condition they may have. As such we have described some of the differences in the biomechanical assessment process and why the assessment should consider the activity of the patient.

General Biomechanical Assessment

Many of our patients have foot, leg, knee, hip and back pain from wear and tear issues from normal actvity. As such our Orthotists and Podiatrists will assess why you may have difficulty going about your normal activities

Sport Biomechanical Assessment

The impact of running is around 4-5 times body weight and is often when people become aware of biomechanical issues. Specific aspects of running biomechanics are examined in a different way from our general biomechanics assessment. 

Neuro Biomechanical Assessment

The alterd biomechanics of patients with neurological assessment involves very specialist assessment skills. This involves video gait analysis to detemine the affect of any neurological issues on walking. Many patients with neurolgical issues such (e.g. stroke) have problems with both the swing and stance phase cycles of normal bimechanics. An Orthotist has very specific skils in assessing and managing these problems.

Child Biomechanical Assessment

Child development has a huge bearing on bioemchanics and changes in walking. Equally there are specific issues associated with growth that must be considered during the assessment of children. Over pronation or flat feet are often seen in children but are not necesarily abnormal. Children with neurological problems such as cerebral palsy will also have altered biomechanics, which is further complicated by growth. Our specialist Orthotists and Podiatrists have specilist knowledge of peadiatricc and can help you understand the reason for your child's biomechanics