Clinical Gait Analysis
Here at the Foot Function Centre, we offer instant push button reports measuring the basis of clinical gait analysis. Spacial and temporal parameters as well as pelvic and surface muscle activity are vital in understanding gait abnormalities and how they vary to the normal population. Our reports allow for accurate plotting of measurable outcomes, reinforcement of diagnosis and assessing the level of success from treatment interventions and strategies.
What is Clinical Gait Analysis?
Clinical gait analysis is the process by which quantitative information is collected to aid in understanding the cause of gait abnormalities and in treatment decision-making. This process is facilitated through the use of technology and we at the Foot Function Centre combine multiple systems to create our gold standard gait laboratory. We use our lab to measure patient motion through the use of high speed cameras. Surface skin electrodes to measure muscle activity and pressure distribution technology to monitor shearing forces both in shoe, when in barefoot and also on varying surfaces.
The goal of clinical gait analysis is to assist in treatment decision-making for the person with complex and not easily understood walking problems. Management of these patients seen most often for gait analysis present with complex and sometimes subtle gait deviations that suggest surgical intervention is necessary. Clinical gait analysis can determine whether surgery is necessary but also measure post operatively to determine the level of improvement made. Other recommendations for management may include bracing for joints, orthotics for footwear, shoe modifications and physical therapy including strengthening and stretching.
Every referring practitioner will receive multiple page report with outcomes found and recommendations if required.