Get a Running Assessment at The Foot and Leg Clinic

How many miles are you running per week?  You’re most likely running well over 1 million steps per year.  This is a lot of force for your body to endure.  Has your running been accurately assessed to ascertain which muscles of the lower limb are under abnormal loading on every one of these million steps?

Basic Treadmill Analysis ‘V’ Clinical Gait Analysis

Having the correct running shoe certainly seems to be important however there are many other important factors that should be included in running analysis which you don’t usually find when assessed at a running store.  These free running store assessments look at whether a foot rolls in or out and shoes are supplied on this basis.  However, there is sufficient evidence which suggests that not all “pronated feet” are “bad’ and require correction.  There are clinical tests which are performed by clinicians which diagnose foot type and the degree of correction required, if any.

It is important to assess the degree of movement around the ankle, knee, and hip at various stages of the running gait as this will offer an understanding of which muscle groups are over or under active, and which area of a joint is abnormally loaded.  Our clinical gait analysis measures the degree of ankle dorsiflexion/plantarflexion and inversion/eversion, knee flexion/extension and abduction/adduction, and hip flexion/extension, from foot strike and through-out the various significant points of the running gait cycle.

What causes an injury?

It is the accumulation of abnormal stress applied to the same muscle group or joint which eventually results in injury (strain).

 

For example, incorrect foot strike will alter the Ground Reaction Force (GRF) thus alter the position of the ankle, knee and the hip joints, and the muscle activity surrounding these joints.  Therefore, poor foot strike results in abnormal joint function and muscle activity to the entire lower limb, i.e. certain areas of a joint under-go the application of increased stress and particular muscle groups are inhibited (not able to be as active as they should be) whilst their antagonist muscle is over-active.

Importance of Gait re-training

Ultimately, we strive to achieve equilibrium around each joint, in terms of

  • resolve injury
  • reduce your risk of injury
  • and run more efficiently

What our Running Analysis Involves

The clinician will perform analysis of important static, non-weight bearing, walking and running gait analysis parameters.  We utilise advanced software allowing us to gather important information and also compare this over time as you make changes and improve your running style.

Assess Strength, Flexibility, Proprioception, Power

Computerised measurement of;

  • lower limb joint and muscle strength and flexibility
  • balance and proprioception
  • reaction time
  • power
  • acceleration

Gait Analysis

Computerised measurement and analysis of;

  • step and stride length
  • comparative loading times of the foot during different phases of the gait cycle
  • the degree of motion of the foot, ankle, knee, hip at various stages of the running gait cycle

Rehabilitation Process

We devise a lower limb strength and flexibility programme for you in-order to enhance activity of the previously inhibited muscles, thus contributing to joint and muscle equilibrium. This strength and flexibility programme works in combination with your personalised gait re-training programme.  As explained above, small changes in the position of the foot, ankle, knee, and hip can be significant enough to result in changes in muscle activity and joint loading, therefore reduces stress applied to injured or over-worked (strained) soft tissue.

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