What is Gait Analysis?
Why does this matter?
If you’re feeling pain in your feet, knees, hips, back or even headaches, then how you walk or run could be the reason. Gait analysis helps determine what’s causing the pain so we can plan to make you feel better.
Have you been told that your pelvis was higher on one side? If so, this can throw off your body’s balance and cause issues with walking or running. Gait analysis helps understand how this imbalance affects your movement. Insoles can then be customised to help compensate for this imbalance and improve your overall biomechanics.
Gait analysis helps show you a colour-coded pattern of what happens when you walk to address the root cause of your pain, from headaches to plantar fasciitis and bunions.
Who Performs Gait Analysis and Custom Insole Assessments?
What Does the Analysis Involve?
The following things are assessed:
- How Your Feet Touch the Ground when standing still: We look at how your heel, forefoot, and toes touch the ground.
- How Your Feet Touch the Ground when Walking: The pattern may differ when you walk, so we look at the difference in weight distribution between standing still and walking.
- How Your Joints Move: We watch how your ankles, knees, and hips bend and move while you’re walking.
- Where Your Feet Apply Pressure: We check which parts of your feet feel the most pressure when you take a step.
- How steady you walk: We observe the steadiness and direction of travel and how hard your feet and ankles work to stay “on track”.
What Treatment may I need?
When Might I Need Custom-Made Orthotic Insoles?
Insoles can help with a range of problems here are a few:
- Feet Rolling Too Much Inward or Outward: This can cause knee, calf, ankle or foot pain. Insoles can help keep your feet in a better position.
- Flat Feet: This can lead to arch, forefoot or heel pain. Personalised insoles give support where needed.
- High Arches: Insoles can help cushion your feet and prevent pain in the balls of the feet or stress fractures.
- Plantar Fasciitis: When the heel area becomes inflamed and painful. Insoles with arch support and cushioning can ease the pain.
- Achilles Tendinitis: If the tendon at the back of your ankle is sore, insoles with extra cushioning in the heel can help reduce the strain.
- Knee Pain: Sometimes, how your feet move can cause knee pain. Insoles that correct your foot position can take pressure off your knees.
- Hip Pain: Problems with how you walk can also lead to hip pain. Insoles that improve your foot alignment can make your hips feel better.
The gait analysis assesses your needs so Ariana can prescribe individual insoles to suit your needs.
How do I arrange Gait Analysis?
You can book an appointment for a gait assessment or a 60-minute osteopathic consultation, in which Ariana can perform a gait analysis as part of the assessment at no extra cost.
How much is a Gait Analysis?
Gait Analysis is free of charge for patients who have booked a 60-minute Osteopathic Consultation which is: £100
Gait Analysis: New patients: £37 prepaid at the time of booking.
This can be redeemed towards the purchase of custom orthotic insoles.
You will also get £10 off your first osteopathic consultation (£90 instead of £100) should you wish to discuss your health, get a comprehensive musculoskeletal MOT and receive osteopathic and K-Laser treatment.
Gait analysis: Referral from Cheshire Lasers Podiatry: £17 prepaid at the time of booking.
Non-refundable. Can be redeemed towards the purchase of your custom orthotics.
How Much are Custom Orthotic Insoles?
Second pair ordered at the same time for the same patient: £149