What is Gait Analysis?
Our gait analysis service, run by Kim Waters and the physiotherapy and podiatry team, uses the state of the art Vicon Motion Capture System to analyse the internal biomechanics during walking and running of patients and athletes with a range of problems. This enables us to manage and injuries as well allowing us to assess and enhance performance.
Vicon Motion Sytsem
The system in use incorporates four wall mounted cameras capturing three-dimensional movement data which provides a 3D image of the subject. The data is analyzed to provide quantitative information on joint movements in the three planes of motion. This gives us a unique insight into the abnormailities occuring during walking or running.
This system can be used to complement physiotherapy and podiatry in rehabilitation and diagnosis, or in isolation to produce individualized gait analysis reports for the recommendation of footwear. We work with local running shops who help provide the appropriate footwear, Just Run and Up & Running both based near to the clinic.
When attending your gait analysis session, you will be required to bring:
Tight sports clothing on lower limb i.e. skins/lycra (please do not wear baggy clothing as this hinders the data collection) and a tight fitting top. Changing rooms available on site.
Current training shoes.
To know your current weight and height (in metric)
The gait analysis session will be based over two appointments. A 45 minute assessment based in the gait analysis room, and a 30 minute consultation follow up appointment for discussion of results and any required action.
The gait assessment (45 Minutes):
During the assessment the following will take place;
Small markers are fixed to the lower limb of patient.
Warm up on treadmill; speed decided upon.
3 * motion analysis trials recorded by 4 infrared cameras directed at the treadmill.
1 * barefoot standing trial.
1 * barefoot running/walking trial.
1 * trainers running/walking trial.
Consultation (30 Minutes):
Discussion of results with physiotherapist
Gait analysis report provided if needed:
Breakdown of running/walking gait.
Subject specific information in relation to “normal” ranges.
Referral to Physiotherapist/Podiatrist/Running shoe shop (optional).
Return date confirmed (optional).