What is a Gait Analysis?

In order to avoid injury we must be able to move efficiently. Joints need to be capable of providing adequate movement and muscles must generate enough force at the right time to be able to produce a smooth and efficient gait cycle. If joints are stiff and muscles are weak and/or tight, the body finds ways of compensating for the problem, leading to biomechanical abnormalities. Various injuries can result from these abnormalities including plantar fasciitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, shin splints and other injuries at the ankle, knee and hip. 

At Teamworks, a gait analysis can be performed as a part of your comprehensive initial assessment with a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor. This analysis involves walking on a treadmill or outside. Your practitioner will observe the way that you move, looking in particular at your technique as well as your feet, ankles, knees, hips and back. It will provide valuable information as to how your joints are moving and working together through the gait cycle, giving your practitioner insight into biomechanical abnormalities that may be contributing to your injury. Your practitioner will provide you with a summary of your findings and often prescribe exercises and/or make footwear or orthotic recommendations based on the assessment.

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