Biomechanics

yay-688638-smBiomechanics is the application of mechanical principles to our bodies. In Podiatric Biomechanics, it is the understanding of the forces acting on human gait (walking). The effects it has on structure and function of the foot, lower limbs and skeleton as a whole, and its relationship to injury and pain.

The Orthoscanner:

The Orthoscanner is one of the world's first 'dynamic' Computer Digital Video Gait Functional Postural Gait Analysis System.

It uses super fast High Definition Cameras to enable us to 'see the unseen.' This allows us to diagnose accurately any biomechanical anomalies in the gait (walking) and posture, thus assisting greater design accuracy of treatments and procedures, based upon more accurate and repeatable scientific principles.

The Foot Health Clinic Saffron Walden was one of the first Biomechanical Assessment Centres in the UK to offer this service.

Our patients have consistently reported that treatment regimes and "Functional Orthoses" (shoe inserts) created from this system have been excellent. (See "Orthoses")

The average time of the computer aided Biomechanical evaluation is about 30-40 minutes. A full assessment is made of lower Limb and foot biomechanics, posture and gait.

History Of Biomechanics

historyofbiomechanicsFor those that like history of a science.

Aristotle (384-322BC) wrote "About the Movements of Animals" The first scientific analysis of gait. He unwittingly was the first to explain what we now term ground reaction forces. "just as the pusher pushes, so the pusher is pushed." (Cavanagh 1990)

Plato 427-347 BC in fact sowed the seeds of Biomechanics by suggesting that the best tool for the pursuit of knowledge is mathematics.

Socrates (471-401BC) had his say. "To him whose feet hurt, everything hurts"

Leonard DaVinci (1452-1519) has to be acknowledged with his graphic illustrations of Human Movements. "The foot is the most marvelous of machines and a work of art"

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) His Laws 1 2 and 3, of Motion, Momentum and Equal and Opposite Reaction.

Eduard (1795-1881 and Wihelm Weber (1804-1891) Researched into gait analysis.

Braun and Fisher 1891 produced a study of human gait and determined a centre of gravity for each component.

Etienne and Morley (1934-1904) Produced basic early photography gait analysis.

Edward Maybridge (1830-1904) early cinematography of gait analysis

Merton Root William Orien and Justin Weed (1960?s) were perhaps the true grandfathers of current day Podiatric Biomechanics in the late 1960?s bringing the better understanding of foot and lower limb function fully into the scientific and medical community by the 70's. Producing 2 texts between them that are still seen as the "Bible of biomechanics", though much superseded, but many of the principles are still applied to this day. Normal and Abnormal Foot Function.

All of the above have contributed over the centuries to what is now practiced in modern day Podiatric Biomechanics and the understanding of gait and the effect it has on our everyday aches and pains.