Gait Analysis Specialist

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine -  - Podiatry

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Podiatry & Sports Medicine located in Upper East Side, New York, NY & White Plains, NY

If your gait, or the way you walk, causes you pain and hinders your quality of life, a gait analysis can help. The experienced medical team of podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, diagnose poor gait using gait analysis, and treat the condition to prevent pain and injury. Call to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Gait Analysis Q & A

What are Gait Abnormalities?

Your gait is the pattern of how you walk, and an abnormal gait puts you at risk for feet and other injuries. Health conditions that can cause gait abnormalities include:

  • Movement disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Other diseases
  • Injuries
  • Nerve problems
  • Bone deformities
  • Balance or vision problems
  • Abnormal muscle development in the feet or legs

 

Gait abnormalities can hinder the quality of life by causing pain in your neck, back, hips, knees, legs, ankles, and feet.

What is a Gait Analysis?

Gait analysis is also known as motion or walking analysis, and is a comprehensive evaluation of the way you walk and stand. The team of doctors at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine complete a gait analysis to identify sources of nerve, muscle, or skeletal problems, as well as manage diseases affecting gait.

Your doctor uses observation and advanced technology to analyze your gait through treadmills with sensors and computerized video cameras to analyze motion, pressure, and force of steps.

In addition to going over your medical history and completing a physical exam, your gait analysis may include:

  • Slow Motion Video: Cameras used in gait analysis have a slow motion feature, which allows podiatrists to make a detailed analysis of gait abnormalities and come up with appropriate treatment plans.
  • 3D Motion Analysis: This gait analysis method measures joint movement using infrared markers, allowing your medical team to better analyze gait on video.
  • Foot Step Analysis: Foot step analysis uses sensors on a mat that calculate your stride length, walking pattern, speed, and step time to determine whether or not your gait requires treatment.
  • Force and Pressure Movements: This part of a gait analysis creates images that show how much pressure and force you to exert while moving.

 

A gait analysis takes about an hour to complete, and you must be able to take at least 10 unassisted steps to be a good candidate.

What is the Treatment for Abnormal Gait?

If poor gait is causing pain or other health problems, the team of doctors at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine work with you to come up with a treatment that best fits your needs. Physical therapy, surgery, or using mobility aids can help.

When you’re ready to find out what’s causing abnormal gait and correct the problem to ease your pain, call the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, or book an appointment online today.

What we offer

Podiatric & Sports Medicine Services