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What Is a Gait Analysis?

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When an athlete is observed during a gait analysis, it serves to provide a  personal movement diagram. That diagram features everything happening within your body—from kinestetic awareness and habit, to individual levels of mobility, stability, flexibility, and functional strength. The analysis of all these different elements taken together is what creates a complete picture of a person’s gait. In essence, it is far more than just gait analysis. It is true “movement” analysis.

Analyzing the way you move your body from one point to another – whether walking or running – can highlight biomechanical abnormalities that lead to many common injuries, such as:

  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Patello-femoral knee pain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Lower back pain

Our therapists will observe and carefully assess the way that you move your feet, ankles, knees and hips, specifically looking at pronation. Pronation, the turning-inward movement of your foot as it touches the ground, provides cushioning for the body.

Your gait cycle may be videotaped while you walk or run on a treadmill, to help demonstrate to you where adjustments should be made. Feedback from gait analysis will help you walk or run more efficiently, with the goal of relieving and eliminating overuse injuries.

To schedule a gait analysis at an IRG clinic near you please contact us here.

 

EXPERT:
Cody Kenison, PT, DPT, CSCS, Clinic Director