A gait analysis uncovers precisely how your body moves. Your pattern is bred from your habits and lifestyle as well as your body’s joint mobility, stability, muscle flexibility and strength. If movements include compensations (such as shifting weight off an injured foot to your uninjured foot), a Gait Analysis can pinpoint where these losses of efficiency originate. We know that compensations can lead to injury or keep existing traumas from healing properly. Chronic movement errors can lead to deterioration of joints and be a leading cause of arthritis or pain.
We have two options to choose from if you’re looking for a Gait Analysis:
- Functional Gait Analysis
- Running Injury Gait Analysis
Functional Gait Analysis
Running Injury Gait Analysis
A Running Injury Gait Analysis identifies how your body moves while walking and running. It also looks at specific research based strength and range of motion parameters to identify to keep you injury free. This includes activities that involve running, jumping or a lot of walking. The increased movement efficiency will also provide you with improved strength and performance. (Jumping, power, etc…)
Gait assessment training and parameters have been developed based on the collaborative research through a number of running injury research centres in North America, such as the Running Injury Clinic and the University of Calgary. Gait training courses and ongoing research allow our gait experts to give you the most modern recommendations. Certified Athletic Therapists specialize in biomechanical evaluation for all injuries.
Our Therapists will conduct a visual observation of your running and/or walking biomechanics. Here, they are looking for atypical movement patterns that may stem from any or all of the following:
- structural anatomy
- muscle flexibility
We will also analyse your footwear for noticeable wear patterns as well as the presence of callus patterns on your feet. Over 30 scientifically validated tests and measurements are also conducted to determine structure, strength, and flexibility.
Common Recommendations Include
- Interventions given for specific muscle strengthening and/or flexibility
- Slight adjustments to alter your running or walking mechanics
- Orthotics recommendation as needed to limit/control excessive foot movements and/or promote optimal movements
- Recommendations for a footwear type best suited to your foot and activity
It is recommended you book a follow up appointment to gain progressions to your Home Program and to re-evaluate your status. Re-book in 1 week is ideal, again in 4 weeks, then again at the discretion of your practitioner.
**It is NOT recommended to have a pedicure previous to a gait assessment to allow for the best assessment of your bare feet
Your Initial Assessment
Bring your current runners and an older pair of used runners (if possible) to show wear patterns. Include insoles or current orthotics used as well.
Wear tighter clothing or shorts to allow for ease of testing, assessment, and measuring purposes.
Running prior to a gait assessment is fine. In many cases it helps the assessment as it creates a greater fatigue of the structures being tested which allows subtle errors to become more obvious. However, running before a gait assessment is not mandatory as accurate results are still measurable by your therapist.