Gait Analysis: What is it and why do we use it?

Gait analysis is a system of observations that podiatrists use to study the way your body moves, and how that may be effecting your feet, legs, hips and lower back. During gait analysis, your body’s movements are observed, measured, recorded and assessed. This information is used to make a diagnosis, and then to prescribe treatments for conditions that may affect your ability to walk.

Your gait refers to the way you as an individual stand, walk and run. Abnormalities in your gait may be caused by one or more parts of the body under-performing, which can lead to imbalances elsewhere.

Let’s say you are suffering from hip pain, this could be related to the way you walk. Maybe your feet roll in more than usual and your muscles are compensating to keep you mobile and upright, and this is the cause of your pain. Your podiatrist can explain how all these elements relate to each other and relate that back to you.

If you’re concerned about ongoing pain, or are curious about how your gait affects you call (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists.