What is Video Gait Analysis?
While walking and/or running on a treadmill you are video-taped for 10-30 seconds. Replaying the tape in slow motion and stop motion, the basic mechanics of the foot, arch and ankle are observed and evaluated.
Why Video Gait Analysis?
Getting the right shoe is very important and Video Gait Analysis is a large piece of the process followed by a thorough explanation of footwear options and precise fittings. Many running injuries can be prevented when biomechanics and shoe mechanics are given the proper professional attention.
What are we looking for?
A “neutral foot” is aligned from heel to knee and rolls to a neutral position.
Over Pronated Gait:
An “overpronated” foot shifts medially and needs additional support to stop the force of the ankle inward.
Over-pronation puts extreme strain on the various connective tissues of the foot, ankle and knee. If left uncorrected, over-pronation can lead to flat feet (falling arches), ankle & foot injuries, foot deformities (such as bunions and hammer toes) and heel pain.
Supination (or underpronation) is the insufficient inward roll of the foot after landing. This places extra stress on the foot and can result in iliotibial band syndrome of the knee, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis. Runners with high arches and tight Achilles tendons tend to be supinators. Shoes will wear on the entire outside edge, and the side of the shoe becomes overstretched. If you place shoes on a flat surface, they tilt outward.