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Gait Analysis

At Bray Chiropody and Podiatry, we prioritise your foot health and overall well-being. One of the key services we offer as part of our biomechanical assessments is a comprehensive gait assessment. Understanding your gait – the way you walk – is crucial for identifying potential issues and developing effective treatment plans.

What is a Gait Assessment?

A gait assessment is a detailed analysis of the way you walk. Our trained podiatrists observe and evaluate your walking pattern to understand your foot function and identify any abnormalities or inefficiencies. This assessment helps us determine if you could benefit from specific interventions such as balance work, insoles, strengthening, or stretching programs.

Why is a Gait Assessment Important?

Gait assessments are essential for diagnosing and treating a variety of foot and lower limb problems. They help us to:

  • Identify Abnormalities: Detect unusual walking patterns that may indicate underlying issues.

  • Prevent Injuries: Address gait irregularities that could lead to injuries if left untreated.

  • Enhance Performance: Improve your walking efficiency and overall mobility.

  • Customise Treatments: Develop personalized treatment plans based on your specific needs.

What to Expect from a Biomechanics Assessment

During your Biomechanics assessment you can expect the following:

  1. Initial Consultation: We begin with a thorough discussion of your medical history, current symptoms, and any specific concerns you may have.

  2. Observation: Our podiatrists will observe your walking pattern, often both barefoot and in your usual footwear.

  3. Video Analysis: We may use video technology to capture your gait in slow motion for a more detailed analysis.

  4. Biomechanical Assessment: This includes examining the structure and function of your feet, ankles, knees, and hips.

  5. Feedback and Recommendations: Based on the assessment, we will provide you with detailed feedback and recommend appropriate interventions.

Potential Interventions

Based on the findings from your gait assessment, we may suggest one or more of the following interventions:

  • Balance Work: Exercises to improve your stability and prevent falls.

  • Insoles: Off-the-shelf or custom orthotics to provide support and correct your walking pattern.

  • Strengthening Programs: Exercises to enhance the strength of your lower limb muscles.

  • Stretching Programs: Techniques to increase flexibility and reduce muscle tightness.

Book Your Gait Assessment Today

If you’re experiencing foot pain, discomfort while walking, or just want to improve your overall mobility, a Biomechanics assessment could be the solution. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and take the first step towards better foot health.

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