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What is an Gait Assessment?

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Gait analysis looks at the movement patterns of walking and running. These complex patterns are determined by:

  • Joint Mobility
  • Muscle Flexibility, Stability and Strength
  • Neuro-Muscular Control

By analyzing walking or running biomechanically, we can identify which areas require improvement.

During the one hour analysis you will be asked to run or walk on a treadmill whilst the Physiotherapist assesses the movement pattern:

  • From all angles
  • From head to toe including all joints
  • Analyzing the chain reaction that occurs with each step or stride
  • Using a recorded video that allows for slow motion analysis and review

Following the gait analysis the Physiotherapist will:

  • Explain to you exactly what is going well and what is not going so well on the video footage in real time and slow motion
  • Assess the specific areas of the body that have been identified as effecting your gait

With this valuable information, the Physiotherapist will:

  • Devise a specific exercise programme for you
  • Devise specific running drills to reinforce and carry over the new movement patterns
  • Make footwear recommendations, based on the shape of your foot and how it reacts upon impact, and in response to gravity and momentum

These three components will:

  • Optimize the biomechanics of your body
  • Enable you to move more efficiently and effectively
  • Reinforce and integrate the new pattern during walking and running

It is important that you bring along to your assessment:

  • Your usual running trainers as well as insoles that you may wear.

The physiotherapist may advise follow up appointments for hands-on treatment or to progress the prescribed exercises.

Our aim is to return you to walking or running as quickly and as pain free as possible and to prevent further injury.

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