Biomechanics

What is Biomechanics at Foot Stop?

It covers two areas:

  • Foot & Lower Limb Overuse Injuries
  • Mechanical Performance (Biomechanics) enhancement to minimise injury and to maximise efficiency.

Why should I be assessed by a Sports Podiatrist?

  • Injury: If you have a niggling injury, it is likely to be caused by a mechanical problem or imbalance in the body. To relieve the symptoms, the cause of the imbalance must be determined and treated accordingly.
  • Performance Enhancement: For the recreational or elite level athlete who wants to avoid injury and maximise performance.

The Sports Podiatrist will often work closely with our physiotherapist as many leg and foot problems are secondary to problems in the lower back and pelvis. 

The most common sports podiatry injuries are: 

  • Shin splints.
  • Achilles tendonitis.
  • Knee cap pain (runners knee).
  • Calf strain.
  • Plantar fasciitis/arch pain.

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle Impingement
  • Ankle Injury / Sprain
  • Bunions
  • Calf Strain
  • Haglund’s Deformity
  • Hallux limitus / Rigidus
  • Hallux Valgus
  • Hammer Toe
  • Intermetatarsal bursitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fracture
  • Turf Toe
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Osgood Schlatter’s Disease (knee pain)
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain, arch pain)
  • Plantar Fibroma
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
  • Pump Bump (lump on heel)
  • Severs Disease (heel pain)
  • Sesamoiditis

Who can benefit from the Biomechanical assessment?

The Bio mechanics assessment and custom made insoles are not only for sports people it is relevant for everyone of all ages, even if your only exercise is walking round the shops. Many people with bunions/ fallen arches can also experience shin, knee, hip, back or neck pain and re aligning the feet will improve their posture and this will have a significant impact on their pain.

Why is Biomechanics important?

It is the analysis of the mechanics of human movement – Misaligned or malfunctioning joints in the foot cause bad posture and force the body to compensate causing stress in other areas and consequently a loss of performance or pain.

Where is the assessment done?

Foot Stop has a fully equipped gait laboratory where the clients are videoed whilst running and walking on the treadmill. This enables a detailed assessment of the movement to be made and identify whether your leg alignment and stability is normal and the problems can be explained and shown to the client via the large viewing screen. This is then re filmed once the client has been fitted with the customised insoles (if required) and the re alignment of the feet and legs and consequent effect on the body’s posture can be clearly seen.

How is the problem resolved?

Orthotics (prescription made insoles) are used to correct the malfunction and stop the body from over compensating. These support the foot in the correct position and so re align the posture.

Foot mobilisation & manipulation

John is qualified to provide direct mobilisation and manipulation of the joints and soft tissues of the lower leg and foot. As a podiatrist John feels that this is invaluable to provide an holistic approach to treatment of both acute and chronic issues affecting his clients from the knee down. Joint mobilisation is a manual therapy intervention, a type of passive movement of skeletal joints within the foot and ankle complex. Mobilisation using the latest techniques can rapidly improve injury healing times and also provide relief from pain in the foot and ankle.


Many people suffer from functional problems because the joints within the foot are not working correctly. Often 2-3 mobilisation sessions can enhance function and improve biomechanics.

Soft tissue mobilisation & manipulation

There are also lots of soft tissue structures around and within the foot and ankle that can benefit from direct soft tissue manipulation. This can help with pain relief and also speed up recovery. John can work with the soft tissues in the foot to help with injuries such as plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinosis, metatarsalgia and posterior tibial tendon dysfunction.

Foot Stop is proud to offer phits 3d printed orthotics!

Why Phits™ orthotics?

Foot related problems throw our whole body off balance. About 80% of human beings will face foot related problems at some point in life. 

Our dynamic 3D-printed Phits™ custom orthotics can help to relieve or prevent these problems. From optimal performance during sports to the right support during your daily activities, our innovative custom orthotics make sure you get the right support and guidance with every step you take. 

Just like you, we want what’s best for your feet!Our Phits™ make sure you’re planted with every step you take. Phits™ are a solution for every type of activity and for any type of shoe: regular shoes, running shoes, safety shoes, there are even Phits™ that fit cycling shoes and soccer or football shoes

From scan to sole!

  • Step 1: footscan® and analysis. First you have an interview with your expert about your medical history and your activities, then the expert scans and analyzes your gait using our custom developed dynamic footscan®-system.
  • Step 2: Design and 3D-printing. Based on this data, our software, integrated with the footscan®technology, creates a design. This design can be adapted to your specific needs or to the advice of the expert. A 3D-printer then transforms the digital design into ultralight custom orthotics. Afterwards the orthotics get a shockabsorbing comfort layer.
  • Step 3: Quality control and delivery. After a final quality check, about 2 weeks later, you’re expert invites you to fit your orthotics and make sure your body gets the balance it needs with every step.