What to expect from a podiatry assessment at TBL?
Our podiatrists provide detailed foot, ankle and leg assessments as part of the patient assessment process.
First our patients present with a problem.
Something that is causing them pain, stopping them from exercising or influencing their quality of life
We take the time to understand your history, your pain and what it is stopping you from doing. Together, we sets some goals for what you would like treatment to look like and ultimately, what activities you would like to return to. You will leave our consult with a diagnosis, a through understanding of your problem and a pathway forward for treatment.
The assessments we provide at The Biomechanics Lab are designed to understand the cause of your problem.
It's not good enough to just reduce pain. We need to ensure it does not return.
Our assessment of your foot, ankle and lower limb are largely mechanically based as we believe the way you move has a lot to do with why you may experience pain.
At The Biomechanics Lab, we are fortunate to have access to state-of-the-art 3D gait analysis technology. This technology is used by our podiatrists throughout your journey with us to help understand the cause of your pain and symptoms. Only once the cause of your problems is known is it possible to accurately prescribe treatment.
Now we can outline your solution. Our plan to provide you a longterm positive outcome.
Once the diagnosis and cause of your pain is established, we present a management plan aimed at delivering you a long-term positive outcome.
We combine mechanical therapies such as orthotics, strength and conditioning exercises, footwear prescription and load management to help build the capacity of your body, reduces the forces acting on your body and ultimately return you to pain-free exercise. We also work with your health team as needed in a multi-d model of care, and if required, engage other experts from our network to help you return to pain-free function.
At The Biomechanics Lab, we have developed a very detailed assessment process that you can read more about here. We call it the TBL Process.
In summary, as a patient at The Biomechanics Lab, you can expect a through assessment process that consists of the following key steps:
- Understand you as an individual. You have your own unique biomechanical and injury risk profile that first needs to be understood before a tailored management plan can be prescribed..
- Collect a through medical and clinical pain history, as well as an audit of your physical activity levels
- Perform a detailed clinical examination considering your anthropometry, joint structure & function, muscle strength and neuromotor control.
- Establish the diagnosis. Note we do use Medical imaging (X-ray, Ultrasound and MRI) if and as required to help make an informed diagnosis. We can also refer direct for most imaging tests.
- Understand the cause of your problem. We use our state-of-the-art gait analysis equipment to understand the way you move (walk, run, jump, change of direction etc.) and the forces applied to your body. This identifies both the structure(s) responsible for your pain and the reason why they are symptomatic.
- An explanation of our assessment findings so that you understand your diagnosis
- Presentation of a detailed management plan that you can follow to return you to pain-free exercise or function.
- Thorough follow-up and guidance to ensure you meet your goals and return to pain free exercise.
Does this sound like our approach could help you and your feet?
Dr Chris Bishop (PhD)
Director | The Biomechanics Lab