Biomechanics is essentially the way we move and function. A gait analysis is a method used to assess the way we walk and, when required, run and can highlight if there are any abnormalities or even more importantly, identify clues to place you on an appropriate treatment plan. Problems with the way you walk or run can be caused by muscular imbalance or a structural problem in your foot, ankle, leg or lower back. You may struggle with problems such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, osteoarthritis, knee pain, hip pain or lower back pain that could be helped with a gait analysis and subsequent treatment and management.
Here at Altius we use the OptoGait 2D infrared analysis system to give real time information for walking, running and jump tests that can be viewed immediately by our consulting podiatrist who can then explain in detail the findings and justify the next stage of treatment. In addition to clinical assessment and 2D Infrared, we use the PODOSMART in shoe analysis for running and certain cases of walking to obtain more data and provide a in depth report.
A gait analysis is a one-hour appointment including clinical assessment, OptoGait analysis, diagnosis, discussion and education and treatment. Our senior podiatrist can provide you with orthotics/gait retraining and/or an exercise programme if required and, if necessary, they will work closely with your physiotherapist or consultant to manage your treatment plan. This is available to self-pay or BUPA patients.