Who Needs a Gait Analysis?
We’re happy to provide a gait analysis to any athlete looking to learn more about their biomechanics and gain an edge. However, the procedure is most strongly recommended in situations where you’ve already tried traditional and alternative conservative therapies—physical therapy, dry needling, switching shoes, etc., and just haven’t found the relief you need.
If you’re doing “everything right” and nothing is getting better (or at least not for long), there may be a deeper biomechanical flaw at the root of your discomfort. A full computerized gait analysis will bring those flaws to light, and help us provide the appropriate countermeasures.
What is Included in a Gait Analysis?
The core component of a gait analysis at the Colorado Center for Podiatric Sports Medicine is a segmental foot assessment and pressure mapping. This is much more in-depth than walking on a treadmill at a shoe store and videotaping from the ankles down. The foot mechanics can affect your gait all the way up to your hips and low back.
We’ll have you walk across our pressure mat or use an in-shoe pressure system which uses ultra-thin and highly sophisticated sensors to create a detailed map of pressure and timing across all parts of your foot—and how they change over the course of the gait cycle, from the moment the heel strikes the ground all the way to toe-off.
We can get a close look at what’s going on during all three primary pivots of your gait—the heel pivot, ankle pivot, and forefoot pivot. And we can use that data to identify subtle asymmetry, misalignment, and other mechanical flaws and abnormalities that might otherwise be missed.