What is gait analysis?
Gait analysis is the systematic study of human movement to identifying the biomechanical abnormalities in the gait cycle, which is done with the tools of measuring body movements and body mechanics. Gait analysis is used to evaluate the way we walk or run and the foot pressure distribution with quantitative and statistical information.
Why is gait analysis important?
Abnormalities cause an unusual gait pattern. This false pattern may be caused by illness or injury. Improper gait pattern can lead to pain in the pelvis, spine, neck, legs, knees or ankles. Gate analysis, is a comprehensive assessment of how a person stands and walks.
Gait analysis can help with the following:
Identify the source of muscular, neurological, or skeletal problems
Discover the source of the patient’s pain when standing or walking
Diagnose the bone deformity or skeletal mismatch
Detect the muscle or nerve dysfunction
Monitor the progression of diseases such as osteoarthritis or muscular dystrophy
See an example of the analyzed information with PT-Gait Analyzer in the image below.
PT-Gait Analyzer is a tool to evaluate and select the best treatment for gait correction.
Specialists who can use PayaTek gait analysis system
Quantitative and statistical information about each person’s gait cycle can be of great help to health and sports professionals in more accurate diagnosis of complications or talents, providing a more effective treatment plan, tracking patient progress, and examining the effect of treatment.
Gait analysis examines how the body moves when walking or running from one location to another. One of the purposes of gait analysis system is to detect any abnormalities in walking. A person’s walking is a combination of complex functions in the visual, sensory (pain, pressure, heat, etc.), and skeletal systems of the body. Problems in any of these systems, as well as problems with the involved joints, can lead to visible abnormalities in walking. This quantitative information is obtained with the help of a gait analysis device.
Healthcare professionals, as mentioned, are as follows:
- Rehabilitation and occupational therapy
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Sports talent searching
What is the difference between the gait analyzer and the foot pressure scanner?
PayaTek gait analysis involves scanning the foot and measuring the foot pressure distribution in the standing (static), walking (dynamic), and static balance analysis (similar to PayaTek foot pressure scanner), displacements of the body’s center of gravity, differences in the two-foot phase, the distance between the two feet, the length of the step and strides, and detailed diagrams of kinesiology.
The most practical point is that it provides numerical outputs that are useful in research studies. Gait analysis system uses 12,000 sensors to capture foot pressure at a speed of 100 frames per second while standing, walking or doing any activity.
The doctor can simultaneously visualize the changes in foot pressure, the displacements of the body’s center of gravity, etc. with video images and connect with other medical equipment such as EMG and EKG.
Gait analyzers scan the foot at high speed and accuracy compared to foot scanners. As a result, more accurate and valid data is provided. Clinics with such equipment can offer their services to a large number of clients.
The client needs to receive short initial training from the specialist and operator on how to stand or step on the foot pressure scanner. But the gait analyzer is like a walking track and does not require any training for the client. On the other hand, due to the client ‘s not creating a sense of test, real and error-free data is recorded.
Our experience in designing and manufacturing plantar and foot pressure scanning sensor technology has enabled us to provide advanced devices with unique quality, correct performance and valid reports.
How is the gait analysis test performed?
The PayaTek gait analysis is a walking path, and the patient takes 3 to 5 steps along this path. There is a regular set of pressure sensors embedded in the mat under the patient’s feet which measures the dynamic pressure from the foot sole to the ground, the center of pressure during the gate, the length and time of each step, the angles of the foot and toes, etc., while doing the gait over time.
PayaTek gait analyzer report
This comprehensive report with accurate and valid data represents you
- Moving graphs and charts
- Foot and force chart
- Gait cycle table
- Step-stride table
- Balance screen
- Colorful maps and graphs of foot pressure
- Exact foot dimensions
- Contact percentages
- Foot axis
- Foot type
- Arch index
- Zone force
- COP coordinate
- And more other data
PT-Gait analysis can help with the following:
- Position and trajectories for center of pressure (CoP) during stance phases of gait
- Monitoring the progression of diseases such as osteoarthritis or muscular dystrophy
- Identify the source of muscular, neurological, or skeletal problems
- Discover the source of the patient’s pain when standing or walking
- Diagnose the bone deformity or skeletal mismatch
- Plantar pressure profiles of pressure distribution
- Force and pressure time integrals (impulse)
- Detect the muscle or nerve dysfunction
- Measure changes after treatment
- Improving athletic performance
Feature of PT-Gait Analysis:
- performing a complete analysis of two phases of stance and swings with one or two steps coverage
- present the scientific and clinical data in the form of time pressure graphs and raw excel data
- Display the pressure distribution of each foot and the diagrams of pressure, force and level
- Perform the tests in 3 modes: Static, Dynamic and Balance scan
- Display the center of pressure path during the walkway
- Auto detection of right and left foot
- Create records file for clients