For many patients, leg pain may develop slowly over time. The discomfort increases gradually enough that you don’t even notice the hitch in your step until someone else points it out to you. Getting a gait analysis performed is the first step in identifying the problem. The Armor Physical Therapy office in Kalamazoo, Michigan can perform a gait analysis to diagnose your pain and develop a personalized treatment plan.
What is it?
A gait analysis is a comprehensive look at your complete walking or running stride. The physical therapist will evaluate you using two digital recorders so that a complete recording of your gait can be obtained. Some people act differently while being recorded. It is important that during the gait analysis you do not try to walk as you think you should, but how you normally would. This gives your therapist the most accurate data possible.
Why would you need it?
The body often overcompensates for weakness in certain areas by putting extra strain on others. Often, pain in one area is actually the result of a problem in a different part of the body. For example, knee pain can be caused by problems in the opposite hip because the body adjusts for weakness in the hip and places more strain on the knee to compensate. A gait analysis can help diagnose:
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
With a proper diagnosis, the physical therapist can develop a treatment plan. Strength and stability exercises may be prescribed, or footwear changes and orthotic inserts may be recommended.
Scheduling a gait analysis with Armor Physical Therapy
A gait analysis is an effective tool in diagnosing problems in the low back, hips and legs. The physical therapists of Armor Physical Therapy will perform a gait analysis during your initial appointment. From there, treatment options and exercises will be prescribed to help you regain your normal stride.
If you are in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area and are wondering what you can do about your leg, hip or back pain, contact one of our friendly staff today to set up your initial appointment.