How We Do Gait Analysis Continued
What We Look For On Your Scan
Gait Scan is a ‘functional movement’ scan of how you bear weight through your feet when you walk and run. It reveals a huge amount of information about the most common sources of pain in feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower spine. Gait Analysis reveals the source of stubborn lower body pains and recurrent injuries in the overwhelming majority of instances. It is so intuitive that our patients can usually spot the reason for their pain once they look at it themselves.
What we look at extremely closely on your gaitscan are the parts of each foot that take the most pressure when you heel strike, when you bear your full weight on your foot and when you propel yourself forward. In addition to direct pressure readings, gaitscan tracks your centre of gravity with minute precision during each of these phases. The location of your body weight in each of the 3 phases reveals a great deal of information about the behaviour of your ankle, knee, hip and spine.
If there is an unusual twist in your right knee as you load your weight onto your right foot for example, it will come through on the scan as a sudden inward shift of your body weight on the scan.
If your arches are collapsing on you when you walk, your centre of gravity will take a very distinctive path up the inner margin of your foot.
If you have an old unrehabilitated ankle injury on your left side its weakness will be revealed by the fact of how little weight you bear on that side, people are often amazed to see the ‘signature’ of old injuries on their scan.
In keeping with that age old observation about knowledge being power. Knowing in great detail what your feet and lower limbs are doing while they bear your weight (3 million times a year on average) empowers us to work together on the weaknesses and imbalances we find. One of the things we really love about Gait Analysis is how intuitive the findings are, most of our customers are really blown away by the clarity and understanding that they have about their pain once we have talked them through their scan.