Gait analysis

Stepping forward with digital in-shoe gait analysis

In Services by Alnoor Ladhani, Chiropodist

Gait analysis has been a staple in Podiatry for a long time, offering a way for Chiropodists to detect problems within a patient’s natural movements, and serving as a first step toward treatment. It is reliable and effective, and has helped countless people over the years. However, today professionals are asking more questions about how to provide more accurate and reliable gait analysis, in order to come closer to better treatments that are more tailored to the individual’s needs. It’s only in the past few years that we have made technological advances within the field, to offer even better care and treatment.

Gait analysis

Screencap via Gizmodo – Gait Analysis from Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

In-shoe gait analysis uses a specialized sensor placed within the patient’s shoe, which allows Chiropodists to examine the foot more directly, giving a more accurate description or picture of what the foot is doing inside. This technology is small and affordable, and is currently the only way to get a real-world snapshot of how the foot behaves in a shoe. It’s just another high-tech way we are solving age-old problems, bringing a modern approach for maximum effect.

The difference

When paired head to head, the distinction between traditional gait analysis and in-shoe analysis is a big deal. The fact is, we take most of our steps with shoes on, rather than barefoot, and interaction between foot and shoe ends up being extremely important to discovering how real-world scenarios play themselves out in these cases. Think of it this way: bare foot analysis vs in-shoe analysis is the difference between studying your subject in a lab, and studying it in its natural environment.

Accuracy is a priority

Of course, getting the most direct understanding of how foot and shoe are affecting biomechanics is the ultimate goal, and this new method allows us to get closer than ever before. Inaccurate diagnoses lead to ineffective treatment, which will not be effective or even cause further damage. While Chiropodists are experts in their field, combining their years of experience with 21st century technology is a winning strategy that gets results.

Next steps

The end result is to determine the need for orthotics, which can often correct any gait abnormalities that are found. There are a huge range of different braces and other types of orthotics available, each designed to treat different problems and challenges. Gait analysis is how Chiropodists figure out what those challenges are.

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