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Biomechanical Assessments, Gait Analysis and Foot Orthoses in Streatham, London

  • The highest quality gait assessments for children and adults
  • Performance medicine for athletes and professional dancers
  • Special interest in biomechanics from running and walking


What is a biomechanical assessment?

Problems when walking, running or dancing are always a serious problem, but can be disastrous if this affects your quality of life, health, or livelihood.

Signs of bunions, clawing of the toes, joint pains in the foot, ankle, knee and hip, hard skin formation and recurring injuries could all be signs of problems because of imbalance, malalignment and pressures as our bodies change.

Our body is like the moving parts in the engine of a car. Because we move, we change, and those changes, happening slowly and invisibly, can lead to pressure on certain points causing inflammation, pain or recurring problems. A biomechanical assessment looks at the foot, ankle and legs from a mechanical point of view, exactly like looking under the bonnet of a car to understand why problems are occurring, and then to understand how to tune the engine to perform at its best. We have gait analysis equipment that we sometimes use to assist our specialist with complex conditions.


Who needs a biomechanical assessment?

Usually, a patient is recommended to have a biomechanical assessment by a medical or healthcare professional. One of our podiatry team may have explained that a problem is related to the movement of the feet or legs, or perhaps a physiotherapist, orthopaedic surgeon or your GP.

If you have recurring or unusual foot pains, recurring injuries, or if you have noticed the arch of the foot lowering, or the toes changing positions, you may benefit from a biomechanical assessment.

You do not have to be an elite athlete to see our biomechanics specialist, Daud Abdirahman, but it’s good to know that Daud, through his own person journey, has been at the very top of sport. Daud works with children and adults with walking or running problems, and with a wide variety of disabilities and health problems. He also helps athletes from a wide variety of disciplines, and those from the world of dance and performance.


We seek long-term solutions for a wide variety of foot and leg problems and perform an assessment to:

  • Identify the underlying cause of your problems or concerns.
  • Discuss what we can do to help, including any options.
  • Explain what treatment can realistically achieve.


When attending a biomechanical assessment, our checklist includes:

  • Wear loose trousers that can be rolled above the knees, or bring some shorts to change in to.
  • Bring in anything you have been given in the past, such as old orthoses or insoles, even if they did not help.
  • Bring in a selection of shoes that you normally wear, including your 9-5 day shoes and any used for specific sports.
  • Bring a list of anything you think is relevant, such as a history of any injuries, surgery or medication you are taking.


What does treatment involve?

Once we understand the underlying cause of your problems, we will explain how we can help. This may involve stretches, exercises, manipulations, or orthoses (insoles that support and control the way the foot moves to avoid problems). Our assessments are to find out the underlying cause of your problems to show you the options and ways forward.

You will not be under any pressure to commit to any treatment. We are here to find out the problem, give you information and offer help.

Occasionally, a problem may need physiotherapy, or referral to a hospital specialist. If this is the case, we can discuss with you how we can most effectively get the help you need. We will only communicate with other healthcare or medical professionals with your approval.


We have built our 30 year reputation working with exceptional professionals so you can have confidence in the advice and care you will receive.


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