Gait Scan

A gait scan, also called gait analysis or gait assessment, examines a person’s walk for signs of problems. Early detection of gait abnormalities makes correction easier and can prevent injury and other long-term problems.

What is a gait scan?

A gait scan is the study of a person’s walk using specialized equipment. In the early days of gait assessment, this meant a still camera. Today, we use a computerized motion-capture system.

How does a gait scan work?

First, the scanner collects data under various conditions. For example, you may be asked to walk barefoot, to walk in shoes, or even to run a few paces. Your movements are captured by the computer and analyzed for alignment, pressure, and other factors.

The scanner — usually a chiropractor or kinesiologist — is specifically looking for signs of abnormality.

Common problems detected by gait analysis are:

  • flat feet (over-pronation)
  • malalignment syndromes
  • in-toe, out-toe, and flat feet in children

Should I get a gait scan?

Signs that you might need a gait scan include:

  • foot pain and fatigue
  • leg pain and fatigue
  • knee, hip, or low back pain
  • burning in the ball of the foot (neuroma)

A gait scan might also be warranted if you have:

  • arthritis
  • scoliosis
  • sports injury

Learn more about gait scan and how it might help you at a therapist consultation.

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