Adam Smith Podiatry - Gait Pain
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Gait Pain

Are you getting pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips or lower back?

Sometimes pain comes at the worst times: walking, kneeling, golfing, running, or just out with the kids. Is it stopping you doing what you want to do? 

Maybe it isn't you who is in pain. Is it your spouse? 1 of the kids?

We can assess how you walk, run and move and find out what is causing the pain. Pain isn't normal. Don't let it become that way!

Book an Pain and Injury Assessment and we can get you moving and back doing what you, or your family, love.


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What is Gait?

Gait is the technical term for walking (or running). Everybody is different and as such your muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones interact in subtly different ways. One person may have more dominant muscles down the fronts of their legs and another down the back. One person may have a highly arched foot another more flat. However this is normal for you, but pain is not! If you are in pain when walking or running, that is your body letting you know that something isn't quite right. Other changes that may occur are dragging of feet, imbalance and poor coordination or soft tissue (muscle, ligament or tendon) damage. 

All is not lost

Gait changes can occur normally with age and more often than not as a result of some muscle weakness or overuse injury. We have a number of tools in our tool kit that can assist in rectifying these changes from muscle strengthening or stretching exercises to orthotics. We will analyse the way you walk using our in-shoe pressure analysis system, which will highlight how the pressure of your foot hitting the ground changes through the different phases of your normal walking cycle. We will also look at the rest of your body while in motion to direct us to possible causes of your discomfort. 


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