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Gait Analysis

Gait Analysis
A walking gait analysis is an assessment of your walking pattern which helps with the diagnosis of problems in the foot and elsewhere that may be causing you pain.

In normal gait (walking) patterns, there is coordination and harmony between both legs. Shock absorption is carried out by the knees and ankles. If there are problems with body mechanics or muscular weakness, the shock absorption is compromised, and gait abnormality may be the result.

Presenting Conditions :

  • Back, hip and knee pain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel pain
  • Arch pain
  • Flat feet
  • Pain in the ball of the foot
  • Sports injuries

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How does a Gait Analysis work?

Your physiotherapist will do a primary gait analysis by observing your walking or running style, and a gait scan by using a complex analysis tool, called a Gait Scan device.

The Gait Scan device rapidly, accurately and painlessly assesses the biomechanical function of your feet.

Your physiotherapist will ask you to stand and walk on a uniquely designed foot platform that has thousands of small sensors to detect and analyze your standing and walking style.

Once the gait analysis determines any abnormalities in your gait, your physiotherapist can suggest proper treatment.

Benefits of Gait Analysis

Helps to tell a story of your unique walking style and the pressure points on your feet.
Assists in diagnosis of any underlying dysfunction that could be causing injuries and pain.
Facilitates an action plan to restore the mechanics of the foot and gait.


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+ Common Questions About Gait Analysis +

Technically, how does the gait scan work?
1. Foot scan – As you walk across the plate, numerous tiny sensors measure the distribution of pressure throughout the sole of your foot.

2. Map of the foot pressure – From your step, the computer then displays the 2D and 3D representations of your feet and your pressure patterns.

3. Report – The summary of information is presented in an analysis report that can be printed for you to review. Your physiotherapist uses the report findings to evaluate your foot function and conclude if your symptoms are related to faulty foot mechanics.

4. Determine the need for orthotic therapy – This information will assist your healthcare practitioner to determine if you need any orthotics, and aids in the manufacturing of the right prescription orthotics for your feet.

How do I know if I need gait analysis?

Research has shown that 60-70% of people have abnormally functioning feet. Structural problems in your feet affect the way you walk and cause pain throughout your body. Injury or illness can lead to abnormalities in your gait pattern.

At South Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic we can quickly and accurately assess your gait and develop a customized treatment plan for you.

Your treatment plan may include exercises, tips to correct your gait, or prescription foot orthotics – all with the goal to reduce your pain, improve your movement, mobility and lifestyle.