Gait Analysis & Orthotics | Medical Specialties
Below you’ll find a comprehensive report on the benefits of computerized Gait Analysis and the subsequent use of orthotics by podiatrists.
BENEFITS OF COMPUTERIZED GAIT ANALYSIS
The mechanics of the foot and ankle and their effects on the lower extremity and body as a whole are very intricate. Due to these complexities, it is sometimes difficult not only for the lower extremity specialist to have a precise and accurate measurement of these mechanics, but also a means by which to communicate, explain, or visually demonstrate to a patient what is occurring during the gait cycle. The Gait Scan is a highly useful tool that provides a solution to this challenge.The Gait Scan is a noninvasive method whereby a computerized pressure mat is utilized to record pressures on the bottom of the foot as a patient walks over the mat. Pressure distribution is directly related to the overall posture and stability of the foot. It is this data that the doctor then analyzes to precisely determine abnormalities and develop an appropriate treatment regimen for the patient.
Many people can benefit from computerized gait analysis. Here are just a few examples:
1. Individuals with biomechanical abnormalities requiring conservative care such as orthotics, gait training, muscular re-education with target strengthening and/or stretching in physical therapy.
2. Individuals with biomechanical or structural abnormalities requiring surgical care. Pre- and post-operative studies can be performed not only to assess the biomechanical results of the surgical procedure, but also to assess/regulate the amount of weight bearing taking place as well as gauge the progress of the rehabilitative efforts taking place in physical therapy.
3. Patients who need to be analyzed due to mechanical abnormalities as a result of traumatic or chronic injuries who may have chronic instability or lower extremity weakness.
4. Individuals with neuromuscular abnormalities as a result of systemic disease (diabetes mellitus with mixed motor and sensory neuropathy) or congenital conditions (cerebral palsy).
5. Individuals with deformities causing biomechanical abnormalities (limb-length discrepancy, scoliosis).
6. Patients who have not responded to their current treatment protocols for lower extremity ailments\
7. People suffering from shin splints, stress fractures, foot pain, knee pain, hip pain, lower back pain, and muscular pain associated with poor mechanics of the feet.
8. Patients with residual disabilities as a result of accidents requiring a precise measurement of the difference in ability to bear weight on one extremity versus the other, henceforth determining the amount of disability a patient possesses.
9. Athletes attempting to maximize their performance potential
10. Patients, doctors, and physical therapists that desire the best possible care and treatment plan.