Don’t you love (or hate) the way retail stores plan ahead? Halloween is barely over before the Christmas displays are up, and the red and pink of Valentine’s day give way to St. Patrick’s Day green before you’ve had a chance to tell your sweetheart “I love you.”
Sometimes planning ahead is helpful, though. You’ll appreciate the following information about how gait analysis is done and what you need to know before you go for these tests.
This method of learning how your body moves when standing, walking and running can be very helpful in finding the cause and treatment of various foot ailments. The observations and data from the test can help pinpoint problems with misaligned bones, areas of limited mobility, muscle or nerve weakness, and other causes for your pain, deformity, or abnormal function.
The day of your tests, you will want to bring along any relevant medical records or instructions. It is helpful to wear tight-fitting shorts and shirt, so the best observations can be made while you walk. Also bring your current shoes or sneakers and any orthotics or braces you currently use.
During the test, you will stand, walk or run while an expert observes and/or various types of equipment will record measurements. A slow-motion video camera can record your stride for in-depth analysis of each step. All of these functions are non-invasive and safe, so you don’t need to worry whether the test will hurt or be dangerous.
The wealth of information we get can from a gait analysis help diagnose what may be causing your issues and determine an effective treatment. That may include physical therapy, or designing custom orthotics may be the best option. If nerve or muscle problems are indicated, further testing for underlying conditions can be performed.
Whenever you have a foot issue that is causing pain or limiting your activity, call our expert podiatrists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can reach our Salt River Valley office in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 981-1800 and in Chandler at (480) 963-9000. We will do our utmost to resolve problems with your feet as quickly as possible.