Gait Analysis is the assessment of the way in which you move when walking or running from one foot to the other. It is known as the gait cycle.
People who benefit from gait analysis commonly have one or more of the following issues:
- Pain when walking or running
- Painful Aches – High or Low
- Foot, Ankle, Skin Knee or Hip pain
- Sore feet due to standing all day
- Conditions that may cause foot ulcerations, such as Diabetes.
How is it done?
There are a number of ways in which this has been done in the past. Nowadays it is done Visually through skilled observation, video analysis and or by pressure plate analysis.
At Body Balance Clinic we believe in thorough assessment and for that reason use the pressure plate system. The reason we like using the pressure plate is it allows us to identify issues in the complex cycle that may not be visible to the eye.
So how does it work?
The system we use is called GaitScan™. As you walk across the pressure plate, 4096 sensors scan the under surface of your foot in motion. The GaitScan™ records timing sequences during the whole gait cycle and whilst doing so captures the pressure of 10 distinct landmarks in the foot. This results in the detection of any imbalances in the foot that may be related to your problem.
Gait scan allows us to view the pressure in 2D and 3D. This allows for a direct comparison between left and right and displays the centre of pressure or “gait line” through the whole cycle.
Detailed images allow for easy identification of high pressure areas and biomechanical inefficiencies.