Gait & Biomechanical Analysis

There are a lot of potential causes for why you might be experiencing foot pain. It is incredibly important that you can identify the source of the pain, as well as any instability or weakness that may be the underlying cause.

One of the ways that our expert podiatrists can help to identify the source of your pain is through a gait analysis or a biomechanical assessment.

Gait is the technical term that is used to describe a person’s walking or running pattern. By analysing your walking patterns, our podiatrists can help to identify the root causes of your pain.

Walking & Running Gait Analysis

There are multiple ways in which our team of podiatrists analyse your gait. The first is through a walking analysis and running analysis.

We’ll ask you to hop on a treadmill and asked to walk and then run, in place while we observe and record your movement patterns.

During this analysis, our podiatrists will observe many other things as well, including the below.

Intoeing or Outoeing Patterns

An intoeing gait is also commonly referred to as “pigeon-toed” and relates to toes that point inward. Outoeing relates to the feet pointing outward.

Both of these gait patterns can be caused by many things including a disorder of movement, muscle tone, or posture. Injury or abnormal development in the parts of the brain that control muscle function are often at the root of these gait variations.

Pronation

Pronation refers to the way that your foot rolls inward as it strikes the floor. It’s a natural part of the gait cycle and acts as your body’s way of distributing the impact of your feet.

The angle at which your foot hits the ground indicates either overpronation, underpronation (also called supination), or neutral pronation.

Observing your pronation allows our podiatrists to best help you achieve the greatest level of comfort and support for your feet and avoid injury.

Biomechanical Assessment

Biomechanical analysis is a very similar process to gait analysis, but it goes beyond just observing your gait. There are a whole variety of different ways that a podiatrist can conduct a biomechanical analysis to observe your body’s movements.

In particular, we go beyond your foot and look at the alignment of your legs. From your toes to your ankles, knees and hips.

Motion Analysis

The most common biomechanical analysis is motion analysis. This allows our podiatrists to see if the root cause of the pain or discomfort in your feet lies elsewhere in the body.

Motion analysis is especially important for anyone who regularly exercises or partakes in sports. Your form is so crucial for getting the most out of any activity but also avoiding injury.

Joint Flexibility Analysis

Joint flexibility can have a significant impact on the way that your body moves. Being able to observe this allows our podiatrists to get the best possible idea of where the root of your pain, injury, or discomfort might be coming from.

Pelvic Stability Analysis

Pelvic instability can be caused by several things such as a fall, a car accident, or even childbirth.

There are also medical conditions that can cause it. Our podiatrists will closely observe the angle between your hip and where your knee moves. If your knee doesn’t stay in line with your big toe, your pelvis has dropped and this could be a sign of weak hip stabiliser muscles.

Muscle Strength Testing

​​Being able to test the muscles in your feet provides our podiatrist with incredibly valuable insights into what might be the cause of your pain or discomfort.

Testing the strength of the muscles in your feet lets our podiatrists check for things like muscle imbalances that could be impacting your gait. Muscle imbalance can be a result of working one group of muscles harder than others. But it can also be a sign that you’re predisposed to tightness or weakness in certain parts of your body.

What Happens Next?

Following on from a gait and biomechanical analysis, our podiatrists can then diagnose the root cause of your injury, pain, or discomfort. We can help create the best and most effective treatment for you.

If you would like a gait or biomechanical analysis, get in touch today and book an appointment with one of our expert podiatrists.