Some podiatrists may say they “don’t do biomechanics”—meaning they don’t focus on orthotics to solve problems in your lower limbs. However, whether we shave down a corn, tend a diabetic ulcer, do surgery to transfer a tendon, or reconstruct a shattered ankle, we are “doing” foot and ankle biomechanics. The term simply describes the science of understanding how the foot and ankle move and bear the external forces put on them.
This basic focus allows us to diagnose where your foot structures may be deficient, how your tendons or ligaments are stretched or damaged, and when your muscles are weak or tight, making it hard to hold your feet in place and moving them efficiently. It then shows us what types of treatments will work best to solve your foot and ankle pain and other issues.