Foot Notes Blog


November 2012

Digital video gait analysis reveals what is causing your foot and lower extremity pain

Nov 24, 2012 6:35 PM
Peter Guy

My colleague and good friend Brian Cragg from Markham Footcare has produced a very informative YouTube video (shown below) outlining the benefits of using the PediGait synchronous 4 camera gait analysis system. We both introduced this technology into our offices in April 2012.
Gait analysis is used on a daily basis by chiropodists/podiatrists as a component of the physical evaluation of the presenting patient. Typically, gait analysis consists of watching a patient walk back and forth in a hallway. The information observed in the gait analysis helps to reveal the the cause the patient's presenting symptoms.

Hallway gait analysis provides valuable information to the practitioner but provides no visual feedback for you "the patient" relating to the way you walk or run.
Since the introduction of PediGait into our Whitby office, we have elevated clinical gait analysis to the next level by providing more informed patient education as well as direct visual feedback to help you to understand why you have foot, ankle, shin, knee, hip and back pain.

The benefits of the Pedigait system include:

  1. Films and records you walking or running on a treadmill simultaneously from the front view, back view, left side view and right side view.

  2. Archives a permanent visual record of your gait that can be played back immediately or at a future date.

  3. Immediate playback to allow observation of your gait from four views at the same time or from one single view on a large high definition TV

  4. The video can be slowed down, viewed frame by frame or paused to allow you to see your gait in complete detail from four different views or one single view.

  5. Provides comparisons between multiple video captures such as walking or running barefoot, with shoes and with shoes plus orthotics.

  6. Can provide a video file either for insurance purposes, or for another health professional such as your family doctor or simply to view on your home computer

Finally, one of the benefits for the chiropodist/podiatrist is the ability to view your gait analysis video in more detail after you are no longer in the office.  If your treatment plan requires a prescription foot orthotic, the archived visual record of the captured 4 views is extremely useful when writing a prescription for custom foot orthotics.



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