Biomechanical Exam and Gait Analysis

Biomechanical Exam and Gait Analysis

Initial Pedorthic Assessment

Your first visit to any OKAPED office when you are booked in for a Pedorthic assessment begins with a 1 hr initial assessment. It is comprised to two major components. The biomechanical exam and the gait analysis. During this initial appointment we will also be reviewing your footwear so please bring in your most commonly used pairs for work, leisure and sports.

A referral is not required for your initial assessment.

OKAPED introduced the profession of Pedorthics to the Okanagan in 1997. 

What is a Pedorthist?

Canadian Certified Pedorthists are one of the few healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics with addition specialized education and training in the design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot orthotics and footwear, Pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet that if left untreated could result in limited mobility.

For people with lower limb ailments, pedorthics can be the difference between being able to watch, and being able to do.


Biomechanical Exam

This first detailed portion of the appointment helps us to make the appropriate treatment or referral recommendations for you.  During this portion of the exam the following will be reviewed:

  • Static skeletal alignment measurements
  • Lower extremity range of motion testing
  • Functional valuation of joint motions and strength
  • Footwear evaluation and detailed recommendations

By understanding how your body is aligned, what limitations in joint motion exist or if weaknesses are evident, your Pedorthist can help direct you to the proper care or if adcise you on any in-house treatments that are an option.


Gait Analysis

OKAPED's Pedorthists have specialized training in observing client's walking and running patterns (Gait). It is crucial that a gait analysis is performed on each client to help determine what types of treatments should be considered. Foot and leg alignment may appear one way when a client sits, stands or is laying prone or supine on an exam table but true understanding of what type of gait pattern they have only occurs when the client is actually walking or running.

OKAPED clinicians use HD Slow Motion Video analysis to aid in analyzing your gait. Many motions are imperceptible to the naked eye and OKAPED has used the advantages of Video from its 1st day in operation.

Runners will be asked to run as well so please bring your current and old runners. We need to analyze a slow motion video of runners as a standing analysis or simply watching a person walk can not be extrapolated into how someone will run.

If your injury or concerns are related to cycling or to skiing you should book a sport specific assessment for those sports.