Gait Analysis

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.

What is a Pedorthist?

Canadian Certified Pedorthists are healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics. They specialize in the design, manufacture and fit of orthotics, footwear and braces for the knee, lower leg, ankle and foot. Their goal is to help you recover and gain full mobility.

Specialized Examination

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. 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 first 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, 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.

Building Solutions

Once your Pedorthist has examined your alignment, range of motion, and analyzed your gait pattern they will begin the process of building a solution for you. Based upon the findings during the exam your Pedorthist will often try to alter pressures and motions that can be contributing to, or causing your pain or joint irritations. In some cases treatments such as footwear modifications, foot orthotics or bracing may be used. When weakness patterns are discovered or motion limitations noted we will work with your physical therapist or kinesiologist to help you make changes to help your body help itself.

Contact us to book an appointment for your knee, ankle, or foot condition.