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What is an Advanced Gait Analysis?

AI Enhanced Gait Analysis 
At The Functional Podiatrist, we like to take an in-depth analysis:
  • Accurate Diagnosis: Through meticulous history-taking, comprehensive assessment, including medical imaging, and a collaborative approach involving relevant medical expertise, we can precisely identify the root causes of your foot or lower limb concerns. This process ensures that we gain a thorough understanding of the underlying issues and their origins.

  • Holistic Treatment Approach: With insights into your training program, exercise routine, terrain, and overall health, we can develop a holistic treatment plan. This plan considers not only your immediate symptoms but also aims to address any contributing factors or systemic issues.

  • Muscular & Balance Assessment: We will evaluate the length and strength of your muscles, looking for imbalances or weaknesses that may be contributing to your condition whilst balance is crucial for proper movement and preventing injuries. Addressing these issues can improve your overall biomechanics and reduce the risk of future injuries.

  • Movement Screening: By analysing your movement patterns in specific exercises and activities, we can identify aberrant patterns that may be causing or exacerbating your condition. This information helps us tailor your treatment plan to correct these issues.

  • Gait and Running Analysis: Analysing your gait and running style using video and AI-assisted technology allows us to identify any aberrant patterns or issues with your biomechanics that might be causing or contributing to your injury. We can then work on making necessary adjustments to improve your gait and running mechanics.

  • Foot Pressure & Shoe Wear Analysis: This analysis helps us understand how your feet distribute pressure during various activities. It can provide valuable insights into any abnormal loading patterns that need to be addressed.​​

  • Progressive Strength & Conditioning Program: We formulate a gradual tissue mobilisation and loading program, guiding you through distinct rehabilitation stages – seamlessly transitioning from injury to sport. Utilising specific metrics and stages, we facilitate pain-free movement and prevent recurrence. Whether you're an amateur or professional athlete, our holistic approach covers cardiovascular conditioning, balance, skill learning, and movement pattern retraining and more.

  • Orthotic Assessment: If orthotics are deemed necessary, we have a range of insoles to fit every budget and also prescribe accurate 3D laser scans or cast moulds of your feet to create custom orthotics that address your specific biomechanical issues. 

  • Treatment Modalities: For further details on treatments provided please see the treatment section.

Parameters Of Gait
Example Of Knee Assessment 
What issue does this help with?

Foot Pain: 

  • Heel Pain:

    • ​​One of the most frequent issues, often caused by plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinopathy, making walking uncomfortable.

  • Bunions

    • (Hallux Valgus or Tailor's Bunions): Correcting how the foot functions and loads can help address these toe deformities reducing pain and their progression.

  • Plantar Fasciitis:

    • A common source of heel pain is inflammation in the heel of the foot, making the first steps of the day painful.

  • Neuroma:

    • Podiatrists see this painful pinched nerve in the ball of the foot quite regularly.

  • Forefoot Pain & Metatarsalgia:

    • Pain in the forefoot can be caused by tendons, bursa, ligaments, and nerves, and require accurate diagnosis for appropriate treatment.

  • Intermetatarsal Bursitis:

    • Inflammation of cushioning sacs between foot bones leads to discomfort.

  • Arthritis (Osteoarthritis / Other Arthropathies):

    • Different types of arthritis can affect the feet, causing pain and stiffness.


Above the Ankle:


  • Knee Pain:

    • ​Knee pain is one of the most frequent issues we see in the clinic. The foot and hip mechanics are very important factors when treating knee pain

  • Hip Pain:

    • Foot affects how the muscles around the hip function, we look to address above and below the hip to help mechanics of the hip.

  • Back Pain:

    • Foot posture, leg length and timing of gait can affect mechanical back pain. We assess full body posture and provide exercises to correct postural issues around the pelvis and shoulders

  • Shin Splints & Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome:

    • Common in athletes, this is pain along the front of the lower leg.

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome:

    • Overuse injury causes outer knee pain, often seen in runners.

  • Calf Pain:

    • Problems with the feet can lead to abnormal loading of the calf and discomfort due to changes in how you walk.

  • Anterior Compartment Syndrome:

    • An uncommon condition where calf muscles become painfully swollen during exercise.

  • Leg Length Difference:

    • Podiatrists may address leg length disparities that can affect your gait and cause pain.

  • Scoliosis:

    • This may be influenced by lower limb problems, necessitating a podiatric evaluation and treatment 

  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee:

    • Foot and ankle problems may indirectly lead to knee osteoarthritis due to changes in gait.

  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease:

    • A condition affecting the upper shin in growing adolescents causes knee pain


  • In and outgoing (feet pointing in or outwards excessively)

    • Inward or outward toeing can lead to an abnormal gait, placing excessive stress on the joints of the feet and knees.

  • Flatfoot:

    • When the arch collapses or is absent, flat feet are diagnosed, potentially leading to knee pain and gait problems.

  • Severs’ disease:

    • ​Heel pain, common in kids 10-14, often caused by abnormal heel growth, inflaming Achilles tendon.

  • Idiopathic Toe Walking (ITW)

    • Seen in kids >3, walking on toes without underlying conditions. Prevalence: 7-24%.

Examples of different Orthotics

The different treatment options will be discussed and a treatment plan will be outlined to you. We strive to educate the patient and provide them with the tools to stay injury-free. If you have new injury for have been struggling to rid yourself of an ongoing issue book in for a full analysis 


If you would like to book an appointment please click the link or speak to our friendly booking team on 02035760630 or click HERE to book online.

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