Biomechanical Exams

Biomechanical Exams in Walnut Creek, CA and Brentwood, CA

Biomechanical Foot and Ankle Exams

Here at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates, a biomechanical assessment involves an examination of your lower limbs, looking at their weaknesses, strengths, alignment and structure. For more information, Please call us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Walnut Creek CA, Brentwood CA, Concord CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Pittsburg CA, Antioch CA, Alamo CA, Danville CA, and Oakley CA.

Here at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates, a biomechanical assessment involves an examination of your lower limbs, looking at their weaknesses, strengths, alignment and structure. For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment online.

Biomechanical Exams in Walnut Creek, CA and Brentwood, CA
Biomechanical Exams in Walnut Creek, CA and Brentwood, CA

Table of Contents:

What is a biomechanical foot assessment?
Who would benefit from a biomechanical exam?
Why do I need a biomechanical exam?

The way in which a person moves their body can be described as biomechanical, which refers to the mechanical laws involved in the movement or structure of living organisms. Biomechanical exams are a common way to analyze the health of a person’s body, typically one area at a time. Because biomechanics involves movement, the most common areas of the body to receive a biomechanical exam are the feet, ankles, legs and other joints.

What is a biomechanical foot assessment?


A biomechanical foot assessment is a test that can be performed by a podiatrist. It is a method of assessing the foot, in order to look for any abnormalities or problems. A biomechanical foot assessment may include:

– A gait analysis
– An orthotic evaluation
– A metatarsal stress test
– A medial longitudinal arch test
– X-rays

A biomechanical foot assessment is a way to evaluate the health of your feet. It is typically performed by a podiatrist, and they use it to determine whether you have any issues with your feet. Podiatrists are doctors that specialize in treating problems with the feet and lower limbs. They will perform a biomechanical foot assessment if they suspect that there may be an issue with your feet. This type of assessment is performed by measuring the way in which you walk, how much weight you put on each foot, and how much pressure you put on the ground when you walk. It is also possible for podiatrists to take x-rays or MRI scans of your feet to get additional information about any potential issues.

A biomechanical foot assessment will typically include:

• Inspection of your shoe wear patterns
• Measurement of the distance between your heel and big toe
• Measurement of your arch height
• Testing for muscle weakness in your feet

Who would benefit from a biomechanical exam?


People who would benefit most from a biomechanical exam include:

– Patients experiencing pain in the back, hips, knees, legs or feet
– Patients diagnosed with flat feet or high arches
– Excessive callus build-up or atypical wear on footwear
– Athlete’s looking to enhance their performance and prevent injuries
– Parents wondering what normal development of the feet looks like in children

Why do I need a biomechanical exam?


Biomechanical exams are one of the best ways to evaluate the overall health, form and function of an area of the body, such as the feet and ankles. There are many reasons why a biomechanical exam may be ordered, such as:

– To determine the underlying cause of an injury and the effects it has on other areas of the body. For example, tightness in the ankle can cause the body to not take load bearing very well, which can often cause the hip to become overworked and overstrained.

– Preventative medicine is cheaper than rehabilitation. Early intervention, which is made possible by early detection, can reduce the chances of a minor injury turning into a bigger problem. More complex conditions are more difficult and costly to treat, but in the early stages, injuries and disorders typically respond well to simple, first-level treatments.

– To improve overall wellness and better understand your body. When you know how your body works to enable your various and complex movements, motions and mobility, you can better care for your body and provide it with what it needs.

The biomechanical exams provided at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates can help you achieve a better quality of life. Call us today to book an appointment for a biomechanical exam, or visit one of our two locations: in Walnut Creek, CA (Near Rossmoor); or in Brentwood, CA. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Walnut Creek CA, Brentwood CA, Concord CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Antioch CA, Alamo CA, Pittsburg CA, Danville CA, and Oakley CA.