Gait Analysis – King of Prussia

Gait Analysis is observing and recording your movements as you walk and run to determine your movement pattern. How you walk, run, and jump is known as your gait. Your gait is the biomechanical movement of your body.

Foot and ankle aches and pains triggered by exercise can result from your unique gait. The way your specific body moves can contribute to the aches and pains you develop through daily exercise and movements.

Gait Analysis

It is important to analyze your specific gait to understand how walking, running, and jumping impact your body. Gait analysis records your movements as you walk and run to determine your movement pattern.

How Gait Analysis Works

Here’s a general overview of how a doctor might use gait analysis to assess a patient:

Patient History and Symptoms Review

The process usually begins with us reviewing the patient’s medical history and symptoms. This may include questions about any pain, discomfort, or difficulties the patient experiences while walking or standing.

Visual Observation

Dr. Wawrzynek will observe the patient walking in a straight line, back and forth, or on a treadmill. She looks for symmetry, stride length, arm swing, and the smoothness of the gait. She might ask the patient to walk at different speeds or ask them to perform specific movements.

Assessment of Gait Parameters

Dr. Wawrzynek evaluates various gait parameters like step length, walking speed, rhythm, and foot angles. This helps in identifying any deviations from normal gait patterns.

Identification of Abnormalities

Any abnormalities, such as limping, uneven gait, restricted joint mobility, foot overpronation or supination, or asymmetrical movements, are identified during this stage.

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Based on the findings from the gait analysis, Dr. Wawrzynek may diagnose the condition causing the gait abnormalities. This leads to a specific treatment plan that may include physical therapy, the use of orthotic devices, surgical interventions, or other necessary treatments.

Gait Analysis and Strength Testing

Combining strength and flexibility training with gait analysis helps us fully understand how your lower limbs function. It gives us more information to personalize your treatment.

Gait Analysis Success with Professional Athletes

Lucy Charles-Barclay is an English professional triathlete who is a World-Half Ironman Champion, three-time Ironman World Championship Silver Medalist, and one of the Ironman elite. She is truly a world-class athlete.

In March 2022, Lucy suffered a stress fracture in her hip. As part of her recovery and rehabilitation from this injury, she received a gait analysis at the Red Bull High-Performance Center in Austria.Gait analysis is one of the tools that has been crucial to her recovery process, allowing her to rehabilitate and get back to what she loves doing most.

See what Lucy has to say about her experience with the assessment and how it has helped her learn more about her gait and aid in her recovery in the clip below:

Gait analysis can help world-class professional athletes with their recovery process, and it can also help you!

Determining if Gait Analysis is For You

To determine if gait analysis is for you, we have criteria we use during your initial assessment to determine if this process is right for you.

People who benefit the most from gait analysis are individuals with a history of on-and-off-again injuries or who have multiple injuries on one side of the lower limb. We analyze each patient’s unique history to determine if gait analysis would be beneficial.

Dr. Melissa Will Help Get You Back On Your Feet

Dr. Melissa Wawrzynek is a board-certified foot and ankle specialist and offers a broad range of advanced orthopedic, sports medicine, and regenerative treatments.

Our doctor and her team will consult with you regularly to ensure you return to health and receive the highest quality care.

If you’re ready to return to full speed as quickly, easily, and safely as possible, schedule an appointment today.