Biomechanics and Gait Analysis are the study of the body’s function and movement and its effect on the lower limbs. Pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips and back can all be caused by a discrepancy in the body’s movement. This assessment allows us to identify and treat a number of complex gait issues, from injury rehabilitation to improving sporting performance.
Most people have a Biomechanical Assessment because they are experiencing pain within the lower limb. This pain can be anywhere from the back down into the feet. You do not have to have a specific sports injury, it may just be pain that is present when walking or doing a specific movement. People also attend for a Biomechanical Assessment in an attempt to improve posture or prevent/reduce the risk of injury.
What does a Biomechanical and Gait Analysis involve?
At your assessment your posture will be assessed from the front, the back and side view and pictures will be taken. We ask you to bring in three different types of footwear as the clinician will examine your footwear and talk you through what is occurring when you walk or carry out an activity. Then a physical examination of your joints and muscles will be conducted. In the pictures we take, we are looking to see whether there are any biomechanical problems with your gait cycle and offering advice and tips on how to improve your posture to reduce further injury.
Who is it suitable for?
This is perfect for anyone who wants to understand their posture better or those who are experiencing pain while walking or suffering from reoccurring injuries through sport. With our help, you can strengthen areas of weakness and retain bad habits. It won’t be long before you are pounding those streets again.
What can a Biomechanical / Gait Analysis show?
The assessment will show you whether there are any postural changes that need addressing. To improve your posture and your gait through a normal walking and standing stance.
What conditions can Gait Analysis help?
This combined with a good sports rehabilitation program, such as insoles, or sports massage can help many conditions that involve some type of biomechanical abnormalities like foot and ankle pain, knee pain, hip or back pain.
So, if you are a keen walker or runner buying your footwear from specialist running shops then you may have had a simple assessment performed in-store, this is typically a video only approach to help the store assistant identify if you are pronated or supinated, in order to select a specific footwear style.
Our Biomechanics and Gait Analysis assessment involves 4 different core examinations, of which photographics only play a single role and will provide you with a program to get you back on your feet.
If you would like to book an appointment for a Gait Analysis, then you can book online. If you would like to discuss this in more detail then you can contact our award-winning footcare clinics in Beeston, Nottingham and Ilkeston, Derby.