Gait Analysis & Bio Mechanical Health Assessments
If you have pain in the feet, knees, hips, or lower back then you would benefit from a biomechanical assessment.
A biomechanical assessment could be beneficial to anyone who has persistent foot, knee, hip, and lower back pain. It is also important to highlight that corns and callus usually present due to walking abnormally, which results in the corn/callus occurring to protect the soft skin.
Gait is the way in which we move our whole body from one point to another.
Gait analysis is a method used to assess the way we walk or run and to highlight if there are any biomechanical abnormalities present. Having the ability to move efficiently and having a “good”, “normal”, “neutral”, “fluid”, gait is important in avoiding injuries. It is crucial to have joints capable of providing good quality and good direction of movement, in addition to having muscles capable of producing sufficient force in order to generate an efficient gait cycle. If a joint is stiff, whether due to trauma, tight muscles, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or any other condition that effects the joints, then the body must find ways of compensating for the problem. This compensation can lead to biomechanical deformities.
So what happens in clinic?
Gait analysis usually involves walking or running along a long corridor where the podiatrist will be observing the feet, knees, hips, spine, shoulders, all the way up to the position of the head. Gait analysis is useful to all people and sometimes a change in footwear will be enough to aid in injury prevention, but it’s not until we analyse your gait that we can recommend this.
Types of injuries that are associated with poor gait biomechanics:
- Shin splints
- Planter fasciitis
- Runners knee
- Jumpers knee
- Patella-femoral knee pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Lower back pain
Our findings from gait analysis may indicate that you would benefit from an orthotic, also known as an insole or a shoe insert.
So what is an Orthotic?
Ortho originates from the Greek which means to “straighten” or “align”. Orthotics are placed in shoes and are engineered to eliminate discomfort, making standing, walking and running more comfortable and efficient. They are designed to control foot functions by correcting walking imbalances known as biomechanical abnormalities in your foot and ankle.