What is a Gaitscan?

Gaitscan is an assessment of the way you walk or run, which may have an impact on aches and pains in the rest of your body. The gait scanning service at BMI Hospitals offers an assessment by a chartered physiotherapist using a specialised scanning machine to measure and assess your foot mechanics. Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. This may lead to pain in the feet, knees hips and back or other problems such as bunions and hammer toes.

How does gaitscan work?

The foot is in contact with the ground for less than a second when walking and about a quarter of a second when running, meaning it is difficult to determine normal or abnormal foot function with the naked eye. The Gaitscan ™ system records the timing sequences as you walk across the pressure plate. This enables your physiotherapist to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics; this combined with a lower limb biomechanical analysis can help us to determine whether you would benefit from custom made foot orthotics to avoid any further strain on your body and if required, tailor any physiotherapy you require from this analysis.

Who will benefit?

People who are generally concerned with how they run or walk or those individuals with localised foot pain, bunions, hammertoe, arch/heel pain, leg/knee pain, hip/back pain.

What will happen?

From the assessment and scan, a report will highlight areas of high and low pressure and the timings of how part of the foot come into contact with the floor so appropriate treatment can be determined. Biomechanical medical orthotics can then be prescribed and custom made to correct a specific foot imbalance and restore the normal balance and alignment of the body.

Pay on the day

Discounts are also available for all patients who are able to pay on the same day as their appointments.

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