The Benefits of a Gait Assessment

A gait assessment is a valuable tool used to analyze how a person walks or runs. It is typically performed to identify biomechanical issues, musculoskeletal imbalances, or abnormalities that may contribute to pain, discomfort, or reduced mobility. During a gait assessment, a podiatrist observes various aspects of the individual's walking or running pattern, including stride length, foot placement, and overall body alignment. Common abnormalities that may be detected include overpronation or excessive inward rolling of the foot, supination or outward rolling of the foot, leg length discrepancies, and asymmetrical gait patterns. Identifying these abnormalities through a gait assessment allows podiatrists to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to address the specific needs of the individual. This may include recommendations for footwear, custom orthotic devices, and exercises to improve strength and flexibility. If you would like to understand how your walking or running can be improved to lessen discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and gait assessment.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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