Biomechanical Gait Assessment
How your foot kinetics respond in your activity
Every step of every day your body is dealing with gravity pulling it down, and the ground pushing it up! Your feet are the key interaction between these forces and are extremely important in how you move and cope with stresses and strains.
A biomechanical foot assessment will help identify your walking or running gait cycle technique which will help towards improving running efficiency. Potential injuries can be detected from excessive imbalanced forces and disalignments.
From the Biomechanical Gait Assessment you will identify:
Location and rate of force through the foot on impact
Location and area of pressure through the foot on movement
Risk of potential injury related to foot imbalances and disalignments
The benefits customised insoles have on injury prevention and enhanced sport performance.
Following the assessment you will receive a detailed structured report. Your results will remain on file for future use with our therapists if required.
Think of your body’s support structure, your skeleton, as bones suspended in soft tissue. Your bones do not touch at the joints but are suspended, supported and moved by a soft tissue matrix made up of your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. This matrix is under constant tension and compression as it works to hold you stable, whatever position you are in.
As you stand, walk or run, the forces of gravity and momentum are transmitted through your bones from one junction (joint) to the next. Each joint influences the action of the next and the stability of its soft tissue matrix. At each joint the energy is changed, redirected or absorbed for you to move efficiently and pain-free.
If a joint functions out-of-time with the rest, it will twist the bones out of synchronisation, upsetting the soft tissue tension compression balance in your other joints.
Following initial measurements of your height, weight, blood pressure and resting heart rate, you will be required to stand, walk or run over a force plate. The force plate uses a high speed 1m Advanced footscan® system, taking precise plantar pressure measurements with 8192 sensors at a scanning rate of up to 500Hz or 500 measurements per second. You will undergo a static balance test to establish your centre of gravity before you go on to a dynamic test. You will move over the plate approximately four to six times. Instant results of your foot movement will be recorded, giving you an accurate illustration of your foot pressure, direct force through the foot and foot positioning.
Once you have completed the force plate assessment we will move onto the visual biomechanical assessment. Here we will video the motion of all low limb joints whilst performing a dynamic exercise and check for any misalignment or areas of concern.