Treadmill-based gait analysis
Walking and running are complex movements that involve one’s entire body. Improper weight-bearing due, for example, to injury, surgery or inappropriate footwear can inhibit these movements and cause degenerative changes to the musculoskeletal system. Treadmill analysis allows such changes to be identified at an early stage.
As you walk and run on the treadmill, your movements are captured on video and measured by sensors. We employ the Optogait® system for this. The collected data is processed by special software that sheds light on motion sequences and joint angles and reveals misalignments and improper weight-bearing, e.g., inward deflection and external rotation. At our practice, treadmill analysis takes about 45 minutes and requires several measuring rounds (barefoot, then with shoes at different speeds). The results, along with a comparison of the various running motions, are used in analyzing impairments and in formulating suggestions for appropriate running shoes.
Under what circumstances is treadmill analysis indicated?
- In the case of extant issues (back pain; afflicted Achilles tendons; ankle, knee and hip pain and impairments; etc.)
- In the context of post-surgical care of the ankle, knee or hip
- Prior to buying running shoes or starting running-based training
- When optimizing running technique
- In the context of preventing improper weight-bearing and associated complaints
Please refer to OrthoTrain’s information on gait and running analysis for patients, which can be downloaded in a printer-friendly format.