What is a gait analysis/bio-mechanical examination?
Gait analysis or Biomechanical assessment is a complex deconstruction of your walking and/or running pattern.
The consultation examines your body’s movement (biomechanics) during walking and/or running. You will be assessed ‘statically’ in both seated and standing positions, and possibly ‘dynamically’ on a treadmill.
Anyone can benefit from assessment and it is commonly used to help athletes run more efficiently as well as identifying movement-related problems with injuries in the feet, ankles, knees, hips or lower back.
Podiatrists have a special interest in how people walk and run, treating painful feet and preventing injury.
Infra-Red pressure analysis identifies areas of increased/uneven foot pressure and inefficiencies in your walking pattern
Video analysis may also used to identify in-efficient gait patterns and/or increased stress in the lower legs and feet.
An impression of the foot is then taken with either a 3D scan, traditional plaster of Paris or a foam impression box to enable manufacture of a prescribed, custom made insole/orthotic device specific to you.
Will I need new shoes?
An orthotic is a specialised insole placed inside a shoe changing the way the foot works, reduce the degree of stress that the foot is under during walking and to offload painful areas of the foot.
At Maidenhead Podiatry we have a range of Orthotics available from temporary insoles, semi-custom orthotics to specialised fully custom made medical devices.
It is common for our Podiatrists hear ‘my orthotics cannot fit into my shoes!’ but it is possible to prescribe specific custom-made orthotics designed to fit into low profile shoes such as rugby boots and even converse!
What happens following the assessment?
As part of your specific orthotic package, we usually fit your orthotics around 1-3 weeks after consultation and a review appointment will also be booked between 4-6 weeks following your fitting appointment.
Strength, flexibility and posture are all important and will be identified within your consultation.
If further investigation or alternative management is required following your assessment we will liaise with your GP and Consultants on your behalf. Treatment may also include referrals to additional allied health practitioners, such as physiotherapists for specific rehabilitation.
Should you wish to make or to change an appointment please contact us by calling 01628 773588
Please note that we require a minimum of 24 hours notice for re-scheduling or cancelling appointments. Failure to attend or late cancellation will result in the full consultation fee being charged.
Your Podiatrist will assess your specific orthotic requirement and design it to suit your footwear and/or make footwear recommendations to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Book an appointment
Should you wish to make or to change an appointment with one of our Podiatrists or Chiropractors please contact us by calling 01628 773588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that we require a minimum of 24 hours notice for rescheduling or cancelling appointments. Failure to attend or late cancellation will result in the full consultation fee being charged.
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