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.