Athlete Functional Assesment

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Many athletes lower limb injuries are caused by faulty biomechanics. Biomechanics, put simply is the motion of the body during activity.

At Yorkshire sports podiatry we specialise in lower limb mechanics and along with your injury history, evaluate whether or not your problem is caused by poor biomechanics.

Our aim is to address biomechanical problems using the latest techniques at our disposal. This not only allows us to treat the injury itself but also address the underlying cause.

We find that the vast majority of our patients benefit from our treatments, reducing recovery times and decreasing the incidence of further problems.

A lot of our clients have had persistent problems for years and have sought other professional opinions without success.

“I can’t count how many podiatrists I have consulted over the past 30 years. When my Physio suggested I should see Paul I was initially sceptical. I’ve now been treated by Paul for almost two years and have regained movement in my foot and am pain-free when I run. To be able to complete a marathon this year when an orthopaedic surgeon had said ‘you’ll never run a marathon’ was thanks to Paul.”

Georgina (keen club runner)

Paul gets a great deal of satisfaction, getting these individuals back to daily their chosen sports quickly and efficiently.

Detailed history

Paul feels that an accurate, detailed history of your problems is the key to a proper diagnosis and subsequent successful treatment.

Biomechanical instability can often be ascertained just by the history alone. This is not an easy thing to do but Paul has over 18 years experience working with lower limb musculo skeletal problems and has treated thousands of patients.

Biomechanical assessment

Paul will examine you standing and sitting, checking all the major joint complexes of the foot, ankle, knee and hip as well as using the latest screening processes to evaluate muscle strength and flexibility from the hip down.

Computerised dynamic and video gait analysis

At Yorkshire sports podiatry we utilise the latest computerised and video gait analysis techniques to aid in assessment and treatment of our clients. Where possible we will do assessments in the natural environment of the athlete. More info->

How we treat in detail

Paul treats athletes in a number of ways;

Bespoke orthotics

We produce all our bespoke orthotics in house . We use a combination of assessment data, dynamic computerised information and video analysis to produce orthotics in our own manufacturing facility. The orthotics are made for each individual, personally by Paul.

Alteration of these orthotics is easy and the prescription can be ‘tweaked’ by Paul, dependent on the feedback from the athlete . With our bespoke orthotics, you are charged a flat fee. If the orthotics are not right for any reason we will alter the prescription free of charge. The fact that Paul makes his own orthotics means that he can offer this service substantially cheaper than using external orthotics manufacturers. More info->

Rehabilitation exercises & strengthening

In conjunction with any physiotherapy you may be having, we give you a personalised stretching and strengthening regime that targets specific muscle groups to improve biomechanical performance. More info->

Mobilisation and manipulation

Paul is trained in the traditional physiotherapy techniques of joint and soft tissue mobilisation and manipulation. As a podiatrist he uses these techniques to improve foot & ankle function and also to directly treat injuries. More info->

Electrotherapy

Paul uses the latest compex electrotherapy systems which can improve injury healing times, aid in strength and conditioning and also help with pain relief with acute injury . More info->

Footwear advice and education

Wearing the correct sports shoe when undertaking any sporting activity is paramount. There are a wealth of different types of sporting footwear out on the market today. Paul will offer impartial advice on the correct footwear needed for the patient to comfortably undertake their chosen sport. More info->