Gait Analysis and Gait Retraining
The average adult is likely to walk 3.5 million steps per year! This is a LOT of loading on your feet. Science has taught us that we should adhere to a “normal walking pattern” in order to avoid an abnormal muscle pattern and abnormal joint loading around the foot, ankle, knee, hip, leg, and spine. An abnormal walking pattern has been proven to result in joint or muscle injury, cause aches and pains in the body, and reduce recovery from injury. An abnormal walking pattern has also been shown to result in the breakdown of joints (arthritis) which inevitably lead to joint replacement later in life.
“It’s amazing to think that we can avoid pain and surgery by looking after our body in taking care of the joints of our feet and walking correctly!”
Most of the clients that visit us in clinic have pain or are concerned that they are not walking “correctly”. Our detailed biomechanical assessment and video gait analysis utilises unique advanced software which allows us to gather numerous finite detail with regards to the way you walk.
The goal of gait retraining is to to adopt and retain a new motor pattern. This is important as it can help to keep joints and muscles of the body healthy and free from excess stress which may inevitably lead arthritic joints or muscle breakdown.
We measure various parameters of gait and compare left and right foot loading times whilst you walk or run in real-time through-out the course of your rehabilitation programme. You are able to visualise this on the TV in front of you. This is to ensure you are making progress and walking better and in such a way that your joints and muscles are protected from excess loading as much as possible.
For example by minimizing asymmetries or lengthening the stride as instructed by the clinician, you, the patient “trains” and uses the software system as a working tool instead of as an instrument of diagnosis. The TV screen provides visable feedback for when you are performing the gait change accurately (green), better (orange), or badly (red).
We have even have a children friendly version of this gait retraining analysis