Podiatrist Hereford & Worcester
Welcome to SO Podiatry. Based in Hereford and Worcester offering all aspects of Podiatry and Chiropody care. Principal Podiatrist is Stephanie Owen, Stephanie offers a wide spread of podiatry care and specialises in Podiatric Biomechanics.
Biomechanics is the application of the laws of physics to the human body. It enables us to apply mechanical principles to the lower limb in both stance and motion. Podiatric biomechanics involves the assessment of the structure, alignment and function of the lower limb and foot. Many problems caused by biomechanical factors can affect the foot, knee, hip and lower back, leaving gait affected. Sports injuries are incurred by biomechanical faults or biomechanical inabilities.
Your foot is an amazing and complex structure; a lever system over which your whole body is propelled forwards. The foot is also a shock absorber, cushioning anatomical structures within the foot and lower limbs from huge forces placed through it at every step
Foot function can alter due a variety of factors including: genetics, ageing, physical stresses, disease processes, injury and poorly fitting footwear and pain. One or more of these factors can produce altered timing and function of the joints and soft tissues within the foot and lower limb resulting in impaired biomechanical function.
Foot orthoses are a treatment modality that modify or correct the biomechanical problem. There are many types of foot orthoses available, these range from simple heel raises, cushioning insoles through to a complex custom made device. These devices are prescribed to alleviate symptoms and/ or provide functional change in gait.
Gait, whether walking or running, is a collective of complex moves that the body has to perform hundreds or thousands of times a day. In order for good gait economy the timing of when the muscles and joints move is key. There are many factors that can change or influence this e.g. the ground surface, inclination of hill, soft or spongy footwear, metabolic diseases, joint arthritis, BMI (high or low), muscle strength, confidence etc. Clinically analysing gait can determine a possible cause to the symptoms and be a starting point in the management plan to getting back to pain free movement.
Many people present with undiagnosed problems or have already diagnosed conditions, some of the following may occur: Heel pain, Plantar fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy, ankle pain, arthritis of the foot, painful big toe, bunions, painful corns, metatarsalgia, arch pain, shin pain, knee pain, hip pain (the list is endless) For more information get in touch SO Podiatry is always happy to discuss any issues if you are not sure if you would benefit from coming along.