Biomechanical Assessment Adult and Paediatric

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Glen Foley Consultant Biomechanics Podiatrist MCPod, HCPC registered

Glen has a wealth of experience and knowledge across the field of Podiatry, specialising in Podiatric Biomechanics. His work has involved working with the NHS, Ministry of Defence at ‘The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court’. Glen has been privileged to work with all branches of the Armed Forces, including SAS, SBS and elite athletes. Glen shares his experience and knowledge providing lectures on podiatric biomechanics worldwide and continues to lecture at the University of Brighton.


Biomechanics looks at the way the body moves, the measurement of those movements or tasks, and then establishes the most efficient way to maximise those movements and ultimately improve performance; it is an important science that is relevant to any sport, fitness or work-related physical conditioning.

The musculoskeletal or Biomechanical podiatrist is concerned with the preservation, restoration and development of foot function and associated structures. The term Musculoskeletal denotes the relationship of the muscles and skeleton, and a specialist will look how this relationship could be resulting injury and pain.

What is a Biomechanical Assessment?

A Biomechanical Assessment is an in depth examination of the lower limbs to ascertain how your movement patterns could be affecting balance, posture and cause of injury.

Glen Foley assessment will also involve a dynamic video gait analysis, affording a detailed evaluation of your walking and running gait.

Often, a biomechanical assessment is the first step in developing a treatment program that is amazingly effective in relieving pain, aiding recovery, and preventing re-injury.

Who would benefit from a Biomechanical Assessment?

Anyone can benefit from a biomechanics assessment. Whether it is to help individuals who are experiencing pain, to helping improve poor posture, balance, walking, sport performance, injury recovery or helping reduce the risk of injury.

It is often found that pain experienced elsewhere on the body for example the back, hip, knee could also be attributed to problems with the foot or lower legs.

Conditions Treated

Conditions that can benefit from a biomechanical assessment include:

  • Anterior Impingement
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle instability
  • Balance problems
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Flat Feet
  • Heel Spur
  • High Arches
  • Leg Length Difference
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain – Foot, Heel, Ankle, Calf, Knee, Hip and Back
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Poor Posture
  • Stress Fractures
  • Sprained Ankles
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Twisted Ankle

What do I need to bring to my assessment?

It is advisable to wear something you feel comfortable in, ideally loose fitting on the legs, perhaps a pair of jogging bottoms or shorts. You are welcome to bring along a change of clothes to your appointment. If you are experiencing pain when walking/running, please bring along your walking shoes and or trainers for assessment.

Please also bring details of any medication that you are currently taking.

What treatment methods can I expect following a biomechanical assessment?

There are several treatments that can be used to treat biomechanical problems and will depend on the results of your assessment. Glen Foley will advise the best treatment suitable for you.  Some of these treatments include:

  • Custom made orthotics or of the shelf orthotics/Insoles
  • Adapting walking style
  • Muscle imbalance correction
  • Mobilisation exercises
  • Strength and conditioning exercises
  • Stretching exercises
  • Advice on activity

Glen Foley can also offer the Ritchie foot and ankle brace for severe ankle Arthritis and foot drop both neurological and as a result of tendon dysfunction.

* Full payment for all New Patient appointments is taken at the time of booking. You will be contacted by the clinic to make a telephone payment if you have booked online. If you need to change or cancel your appointment we require a minimum of 48hrs notice in which case this fee is refundable.

* Cancellation and Missed Appointments

We require a minimum of 48hrs notice for a change or cancellation of an appointment so we can offer the appointment to another patient. Less than 48 hours notice and missed appointments, we reserve the right to charge the appointment fee. Any missed appointments we will ask for prepayment for all future appointments.

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