Gait analysis is the clinical term for the study of human motion. Physicians use gait analysis to measure, strategize and treat individuals with conditions that interfere with walking or running mobility. It may also be used to help athletes enhance their running efficiency and minimize injury likelihood.
In the field of podiatry, gait analysis gives runners and athletes a better understanding of their running style and foot pronation. Pronation is the inward roll of the foot as the outside part of the heel touches the ground. Overpronation is when your feet roll too far inward, and underpronation is when they don’t roll in enough. Using gait analysis, we pinpoint your level of pronation to find the shoe that provides ideal support. This helps us correct any pronation issues to reduce injury risk.
Video Gait Analysis (VGA)
Always wear comfortable exercise clothes and running or walking shoes to your VGA test. During the analysis, patients run or walk on a treadmill while their feet and lower legs are recorded for a closer examination. You may be asked to repeat the movements wearing orthotic inserts.
Once our specialists analyze the footage, we are able to explain how your foot moves during exercise. We also consider leg movements to identify risky actions or habits that could later instigate injury.
VGAs are usually prescribed to individuals with continuing injuries from running or walking, such as IT band syndrome, stress fractures, tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. VGA can also be used to locate ideal footwear or custom orthotic inserts for your pronation. And, it may even help runners fine-tune their form for better overall performance.