Includes a bio-mechanical examination of the lower limbs and feet including hands on non-weight-bearing physical examination, static weight-bearing examination, and a dynamic assessment of the gait.
Firstly, the practitioner listens to the individual’s complaints, assesses the biomechanics of the lower limbs and feet including the soft tissue and bone structures by testing range of motion and palpitating soft tissue structures, this portion of the examination may include muscle strength testing.
Secondly, there is a static assessment of the lower limbs and feet determining differences between non-weight bearing and weight bearing, observations and data deviations from ideal are again noted, this portion of the examination may also include functional testing.
Thirdly, is the dynamic assessment of the lower limbs and feet. The Pedorthist does a visual gait analysis looking for symmetry from the top of the head to the foot looking for ideal and less than ideal motions. Terms like pronation and supination are regularly used to describe motion at the level of the foot. The Pedorthist is looking at the gait pattern for deviations from ideal and determining if there are compensations in the gait pattern.
At Feet First the Pedorthist develops a plan of treatment with the client; provides information so an individual can make an informed decision for themselves about the treatment process
All clients are fit with their orthotics devices at Feet First. It is important to ensure the devices fit into the foot wear along with the feet. That, the foot wear accommodates the foot along with the devices
There is a follow appointment booked to determine the clients symptoms have subsided, pain has been alleviated and reminders are provided to ongoing yearly review