Biomechanical Gait Analysis

The Runcorn gait analysis lab is integral to physiotherapy & podiatry treatment. Our physios and podiatrists often refer lower limb disorders to this service for a more in depth biomechanical assessment, and if necessary the prescription of bespoke orthotics (insoles). Housed under one roof at our Runcorn clinic in Cheshire we are ideally located to service Runcorn, Widnes and the wider areas of Halton, Warrington & Chester.

Start off on the right foot with an assessment in our podiatry gait analysis lab. This will consist of an in depth assessment, including the use of a running machine. Using their observations of your foot posture and running or walking style, the podiatrist will diagnose your gait and relate this to any complaints you have. Recommendations and advice will then be given to control your movement and alleviate pain. This can be in the form of orthotics (insoles) if appropriate.

The origins of an injury.

The human foot is an amazingly complex piece of bioengineering, with 26 bones, 55 joints and a complex array of ligaments and tendons. Many of us unknowingly are designed with small intrinsic abnormalities with may make us prone to foot and lower limb problems that can ultimately cause injury and stop us participating in sports and leisure.

It is widely accepted by biomechanics specialists that the most common structural problem suffered by the general population is excessive foot pronation, commonly known as flat feet. If your heel rolls inwards too much, lowering the arch of your foot and making your ankle bulge on the inside, you have excessive foot pronation!

Research has shown this biomechanical condition to be a common cause of many foot and leg injuries in active individuals, including runners of all abilities. The most common foot problems associated with excessive foot pronation include:

- Arch strain (plantar fasciitis)

- Heel pain (plantar calcaneal bursitis)

- Pain on the ball of foot (metatarsalgia)

- Inner ankle pain (deltoid ligament strain)

- Shin splints (tibialis tendinitis)

- Excessive foot pronation causing the leg to rotate inwards too much during running, creating abnormal twisting at the knee, hip and back.

How do we differ from gait analysis done in sports shops?

Gait analysis provided by sports shops is on the increase. They offer this service in order to find out what type of running style you have, to sell you the correct trainer. Most of the people performing the gait analysis are neither medically trained nor a HPC registered podiatrist, therefore they can only observe your running style (gait) to recommend a "best fit" trainer. More importantly they are not able to tell you why your foot functions the way it does or diagnose your sports injury, because of this they cannot provide a personailised solution.

Sports Podiatry?

At some point in an athlete's life they will encounter a sporting injury, whether they are an occasional runner, tri-athlete or professional cyclist. Non traumatic injuries can usually be related to some kind of musculo-skeletal origin or biomechanical abnormality. A sports podiatrist specialises in finding out which one of the above is causing your problem. They do this by assessing all of your lower limb joints, musculature and gait. Most biomechanical pathologies can be corrected by the use of orthotics, but often physiotherapy input is required and sometimes a referral to an orthopaedic specialist or consultant.

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The Prescription Orthotic Process

At PremierPhysio we favour the use of bespoke casted orthoses (insoles). These are tailored orthoses, which means they are prescribed for each individual person depending on a variety of factors such as weight, sporting activity, foot type, medical status, footwear etc. At PremierPhysio we use EVER-FLEX orthoses. To view the process involved in a prescription orthotic click on the banner below:


So why not give us a call to arrange your initial assessment