Podiatry and Chiropody Centres in Cardiff

Biomechanics Clinic

What is Podiatric Biomechanics?

Podiatric biomechanics is an aspect of medical technology that deals essentially with the structure and function of the lower limb and joints of the foot. Podiatric biomechanics, although first used by podiatrists, has in recent years been adopted by many health professionals and in multi-disciplinary workplaces where Podiatrists and other health professionals (e.g. Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors) work together.

The probable cause of your problem

Our feet were intended for use on a variety of surfaces such as sand and soil – not hard concrete. Because hard surfaces offer no support to the arches of the feet, our feed tend to roll inwards causing the arches to flatten – a condition called ‘excessive pronation’. Up to 80% of the population exhibit this condition.

As our feet, ankles, legs and back try to compensate for pronation, our bones and muscles are thrown out of alignment causing many common complaints. Other symptoms that may be attributable to excessive pronation and/or deformity of foot structures include:

    • Bunions & Corns
    • Lower back pain
    • Foot pain
    • Hip pain
    • Heel spurs
    • Knee pain
    • Hip pain

To treat these conditions properly, we must look at the underlying cause, not just the symptoms. In order to relieve pain and discomfort, we must correct excessive pronation.

Combining contemporary science and technology with an experienced medical understanding of lower limb dysfunction,  Foot Orthoses offer superior therapeutic effectiveness. Relief is just a short time away.

How does it affect you?

Many painful conditions, whether they are in the soft tissue, muscle or joint, can be directly attributed to poor posture. This is often a result of an imbalance in the foot or lower limb caused by a biomechanical misalignment or abnormality. For example, if your wheel alignment is not correct on your motor car, tyres wear unevenly and wear out quicker, steering is affected and the car does not perform efficiently. This can also be true for the human body if the foot is excessively pronated and the foot is misaligned to the lower limb.

How is the misalignment found?

Generally through carrying out a Podiatric Biomechanical Assessment and Gait Analysis. The Podiatrist will examine the relationship between the bones, joints and muscles of the spine, lower limb and foot.

What happens next?

If a Biomechanical Misalignment is found and abnormal posture is detected, Foot Orthoses may be prescribed.

What are foot orthoses?

They are specially designed shoe inserts to support the foot in a more stable position, hence reducing instability. Foot orthoses aid the muscles and joints of the lower limb to function more effectively, thereby reducing undue wear and tear on the joints and overuse of muscles.

Who can benefit?

Virtually anyone who suffers pain and persistent symptoms in the lower limb, back and foot.


Patients attending this clinic can be confident that they will receive the highest level of proffesional care. Individual treatment plans are administered by Mr. Coombs with skill and an unfailingly friendly approach. As a patient of Mr Coombs for sixteen years my recommendation is without reservation.

  • J.R – Monmouthshire

The treatment I have received at the clinic for many years for both acute and chronic conditions has been first class. Mr Stephen Coombs and his support staff have exemplary standards of professionalism, efficiency and sensitivity. Patients are treated as individuals in a relaxed and welcoming environment. I can thoroughly recommend this centre.

  • Jennie – Gwent

I have avoided surgery for the last ten years because I wear orthoses designed for me by Stephen Coombs and I’m still standing about in boots aged 74