Northernhay Clinic specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower limbs. The foot, ankle and limb can not be divorced from the pelvis and spine. Dysfunction in one area can have devastating effects on another. A bio-mechanical assessment is when we examine the way your lower limbs work, checking for abnormalities and possible causes of pain in the foot, ankle, knee and back. Bio-mechanical examination involves also looking very closely at the whole you and the way you move. One can compare it to the structural survey of a building, but for a human body. The human form is very complex and each of us is uniquely different. We aim to optimise the way you move to help you enjoy life on two legs more.
Over the last 20 years we have conducted bio-mechanical examinations on thousands of patients. Our Specialist Podiatrist Mr Jonathan Palmer BSc(pod) FFPM RCPS (Glasg). is recognised as one of the leading podiatrists in UK and has given many lectures to GPs and colleagues in the field of Applied Podiatric Biomechanics.
We will take a detailed history of your complaints and musculo-skeletal issues. We will then investigate your lower limb function, looking closely for abnormalities and compensations. It is very important that you tell us about your medical history in detail, all past injuries or operations.
Starting at the spine and pelvis, we will examine the whole limb, foot and ankle and use our expertise and experience to identify the movement patterns that are involved in your injury, overuse or pain.
Northernhay Clinic utilise Video Gait Analysis with specialist software designed to achieve the most accurate diagnosis of the way we walk and run.
It involves running or walking on a treadmill for a few minutes while a video is made of the patient’s feet. This footage is then slowed down and analysed in detail by a podiatrist who will explain the findings. By viewing the different walking or running stages in detail, we can help identify certain movements which may be triggering injuries.
Using the information we gathered in the bio-mechanical examination and Gait Analysis, we will then determine where there are overloads or compensations in your body. These imbalances will be addressed with Physio Therapy, special footwear, custom made orthotics and lifestyle/ activity modifications. We aim to identify activities that are less likely to lead to further pain or injury and help you back on the road to recovery. We encourage our patients to live active life styles that suit their bio-mechanical profiles.
We are part of a healthcare team. Our mission is to communicate effectively with you, each other and our colleagues. Our aim is clinical excellence for our patients.