Posts for: June, 2015

By Parkway Podiatrist
June 09, 2015
Tags: Gait Analysis  

Gait Analysis Computerized biomechanical gait analysis sounds like something for professional athletes or the disabled. While that is true, this modern way to look into how a person walks give orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists insight into what may be causing leg pain or sore feet and how to help the individual feel better. Doctors Gary Saphire and Asher Rudowski offer this extraordinary tool in their Brooklyn podiatry office to bring more accurate, effective treatment to their patients.

How Gait Analysis Works

Computerized Biomechanical Gait Analysis figures out what feet, ankles, knees, and hips are doing in real time as an individual walks. The podiatrist directs the patient to walk on special mat which has electronic sensors that detect every step taken. The data collected from the sensors is sent to a computer which analyzes it and formulates a colored map of the pressure points on the foot. Red indicates areas of greater pressure and blue, less pressure.

This information tells the podiatrist a lot about how an individual's gait works - in other words, its biomechanical function. The doctor can accurate diagnose the source of lower extremity discomfort and treat it by looking at:

  • how feet hit the ground
  • how tight musculature is
  • if an individual is turning his feet to the outside or inside
  • if one area of the foot is bearing more weight than it should
  • many other precise observation points visualized by the data

This kind of pressure measurement helps the diabetic, with his loss of sensation in the feet, and the foot doctor assess problem areas that the individual may not even be able to detect or feel himself.

Testing is Comfortable and Easy

Typically, patients wear loose fitting clothing for their gait analysis. Sneakers or whatever footwear the individual normally wears works well during testing, allowing the doctor to simulate the patient's daily walk routine, pattern and any abnormalities in gait. Also, people who use canes or walkers should bring them and use them during the testing as directed by the podiatrist.

Treatment Based on Objective Data

Your Brooklyn, NY podiatrist takes the information gathered during Computerized biomechanical gait analysis to help individuals with bunions, hammertoes, shin splints (runners), plantar plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, diabetic ulcers, Achilles tendonitis and other painful conditions of the lower extremities. Treatments such as custom-fitted orthotics (shoe inserts), strengthening exercises, diabetic footwear and other interventions are more precisely prescribed using the results of this wonderful testing.

Parkway Podiatry has Computerized Biomechanical Gait Analysis

Well-credentialed and experienced, Gary Saphire DPM FACFAS and Asher Rudowsky DPM offer the latest and best diagnostic techniques and treatments for a wide range of lower extremity issues. If you are wondering if gait analysis testing could pinpoint your pain problem, contact Parkway Podiatry for a consultation. Phone (718) 236-5253.