The Vale Clinic

Biomechanical Assessments

We provide objective musculoskeletal testing of strength, flexibility, alignment and function to help our patients move better, run faster, stay active and pain free.

Musculoskeletal Biomechanical Assessments

Our gait, in other words the way we walk, contributes to how pressure is distributed on our feet.  A clinical exam is the first step to identifying any underlying biomechanical issue in the lower limb.  This gives an objective and accurate overview of your condition.


Why choose us?

At The Vale Clinic, our podiatrists are well placed to identify unusual patterns in your gait and foot function, and is able to diagnose, treat and manage any abnormalities in the foot that may be causing you discomfort or pain.


What to expect at your Musculoskeletal Assessment

During the musculoskeletal biomechanical assessment, your podiatrist will take a thorough history of your medical status and previous injuries, and carry out a series of objective clinical tests to quantify your muscle strength, flexibility, joint range of motion and quality of movement.


The results of your clinical exam in combination with a walking or running 3D gait analysis are used to give you data driven advice and us the information to recommend the best treatment pathway for your condition.


There is an array of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries conditions that can be seen in the lower limb foot and ankle.

One common cause of pain in the fore foot is metatarsalgia, where the pain experienced is across the ball of the foot.

Fore Foot Pain Fore Foot Pain

An inflamed nerve in the ball of the foot, usually between the second and third metatarsals (bones) in the foot.

Please click to view our ‘Morton’s Neuroma’ Leaflet

Morton’s Neuroma Morton’s Neuroma

Plantar Fasciiopathy is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is defined as the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs from the heel bone into the toes connecting the front and rear of your foot.

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Heel Pain Heel Pain

Bunions are painful swelling on the joint of the big toe, on the side of the foot.

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Bunions Bunions

Inflammation of the Achilles tendon, commonly found in athletes.

Achilles Tendonitis Achilles Tendonitis

Inflammation in the front and or inside section of the large leg bone, the tibia.

Shin Pain Shin Pain

An interference of the growth plates at the back of the heel bone, causing inflammation and pain especially during or after a sporting activity, common in children between ages 8-14 years.

Please click to view our ‘Sever’s Disease’ Information Leaflet

Sever’s Disease Sever’s Disease

An interference of the growth plates at the tibial tuberosity causing pain below the knee in children, causing inflammation and pain especially during or after a sporting activity, common in children between ages 8-14 years.

Osgood Schlatter’s Disease Osgood Schlatter’s Disease

Pain experienced in the front of the knee or around the knee-cap causing pain and stiffness making it difficult to climb stairs, kneel down or carry out other daily activities.

It can sometimes be referred to as runner’s knee or jumper’s knee as it is commonly seen in young female athletes.

Knee Pain Knee Pain

Your Treatment Plan

Your rehabilitation treatment plan may include a combination of interventions, here are some examples:

Your podiatrist will discuss and agree a plan with you.


What to bring with you to your assessment appointment

For biomechanical assessments and gait analysis:

  • Wear or bring along with you a t-shirt and a pair of shorts to allow for ease of assessment
  • Bring along at least 2 pairs of shoes you would normally wear to your appointment.
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