What is a gait analysis?
A gait analysis observes the motions you go through when walking naturally. The observer watches your movement patterns and measures body movements, body mechanics, and the activity of the muscles when you walk. This analysis helps your physiotherapist determine the level of need for custom corrective orthotics.
How is a gait analysis conducted?
The gait analysis assesses the way you walk. Physiotherapists look for:
- Arch types
- Ankle range of motion (ROM)
- Subtalar joint ROM
- Midtarsal joint ROM
- Toe position
- Knee position
- Ankle position
- Phases of gait
- AND MORE
? ALL of these factors help to determine which muscles, joints and other tissues may need to be adjusted to allow you to walk properly without biomechanical issues, pain or postural imbalances.
For more information about how orthotics work, click here.
To learn more about how the arches in your feet can affect posture and joints, click here.
To learn more about the electronic scanning system that we use to design your custom orthotics, click here.
PhysioMax Wellness is a Physiotherapy clinic located in Burlington, Ontario. PhysioMax Wellness offers; physiotherapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy and more. We use manual therapies as well as various modalities to improve the rate of healing from injuries. Our goal is to work with you and for you to create personalized plans to recover from injuries and help your reach your health goals for conditions you may have.
Julia de Reijke RKin, CSEP-CPT, BASc Kinesiology (Hons), DipFTHP