Biomechanics

The human foot consists of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons. All of which work in harmony in our everyday gait cycle. A small malalignment or injury to this intricate system can have implications for the whole lower limb and back.

Any impairment in foot function can just like the tyres on a car, cause wear and tear to other parts of the body. This is magnified in the case of professional and amateur sports people due to the increase in intensity and frequency of activity. Athletes suffer more foot-related sports injuries due to an increase in plantar pressure up to four times your body weight while running. Further stress is also placed on the foot and biomechanical system from other rapid movements, common in sport.

An orthosis (shoe insert), adjusted or custom made for each individual can often be the solution. Orthoses can re-align feet and ankles to their natural position and correct body posture resulting in natural, lasting relief and comfort from many aches and pains.