An abnormal walking or running pattern (gait) can produce a number of problems that prevent you from functioning normally. Gait analysis is the biomechanical examination of how a person walks or runs.
It is often necessary to look carefully at how you walk or run to identify the cause of your :
- acute or overuse injury
- posture-related problem
- movement-related problem
- painful feet, knees, hips or lower back.
Gait analysis and treatment is also commonly used to help sports people run more efficiently
Standard Gait Analysis:
Examination of your Gait (walking or running) and Posture is undertaken as part of our normal physiotherapy assessment of your musculo-skeletal problem. This incorporates the following:
- A full medical and social history
- Details on your levels of activity
- Observation of your:
- walking or running style
- Examination of your joints, muscles and tendons
- A diagnosis and explanation of the problem
- Treatment and Rehabilitation
Bespoke Biomechanical Anaysis:
For more complex or longstanding problems a more detailed Biomechanical Assessment may be necessary. Orthpaedic surgeons, Sports doctors and Coaches and other health professionals, frequently ask our advice when clients problems are not resolved with surgery or standard therapeutic interventions provided by physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors or other health professionals. The analysis includes the above physiotherapy assessment as standard, in conjunction with analysis of your posture and walking or running gait using sospisticated biomechanical analysis systems in our biomechanics lab. This assessment, incorporates postural analysis software programmes, high speed motion analysis and sports analysis software programmes, RSScan footscan of the pressures, angles and timing through each foot and footwear analysis.
Example of How Gait Analysis can help Diagnose the Cause of an Overuse Injury:
Analysis of the Cause of ITB Friction Syndrome in a Marathon Runner:
The video show the pelvis dipping excessivley due to poor gluteal muscle control over the (L) side. This has led to the knee moving into a "valgus" (knock knee position), triggering adverse friction of the outside ITB tendon against the thigh bone - causing pain and inflammation. This problem was resolved with "dynamic" physio-stability (core) exercsie therapy incorporating EMG Biofeedback of muscle activity.