When to Visit Armor Physical Therapy for Gait Evaluation

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For most people, walking is the most common way we get from point A to point B. Many of us take the ability to walk for granted, without concern about losing our stride. If you’ve been injured or have a debilitating physical condition, you may notice an impact on your ability to walk.

You may experience trouble walking for a number of reasons. At Armor Physical Therapy, our physical therapists can help identify the cause of your walking troubles and develop a personalized treatment plan. To diagnose your physical condition and form a treatment plan, your physical therapist will likely perform a gait evaluation, meaning we will look at your posture while you walk or run.

What is gait evaluation?

Your gait refers to your manner of walking, so a gait evaluation examines many factors of your walking ability. A gait evaluation works by monitoring your movement on a treadmill or walkway with high-tech motion-tracking cameras. These cameras help trace the following for an accurate physical therapy diagnosis:

  • The movement of each of your joints
  • Stride distance
  • Impact of the force of each step
  • Speed and rhythm
  • The position of feet and ankles

Additionally, gait evaluation with Armor Physical Therapy uses a biomechanical evaluation of the foot and ankle, which helps to determine the types of footwear that may improve how you walk.

When should you seek professional help for a gait evaluation?

If you have any issues or concerns about your ability to walk efficiently, then you should visit Armor Physical Therapy for gait evaluation. Furthermore, patients with the following conditions can benefit from gait evaluation for developing a personalized treatment plan:

  • Plantar fasciitis (pain in the heel)
  • Knee pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Hip or knee bursitis
  • Shin pain and more

Once your gait evaluation is complete, your physical therapist will be able to develop your treatment method. Knowing the exact details of your walking ability helps your physical therapist create exercises and stretches aimed to meet your needs, as well as footwear recommendations to help improve your stride and provide comfort.

Would you like to speak with a physical therapist to discover how gait evaluation may help you? Contact Armor Physical Therapy at one of our offices in Southern Michigan today to schedule your appointment.