Gait Analysis

This is a most important part of any Biomechanical Evaluation, and the use of a treadmill and video has transformed this part of the examination in recent years.

Although the treadmill is the preferred method for observing the gait, if walking on a treadmill is a problem for someone who perhaps is elderly, or is very young, then we can also perform this part of the examination using just the video, with the client walking up and down in the surgery.

A client is asked to walk on the treadmill barefoot for this examination. An athlete is also asked to run on the treadmill wearing trainers.

After the treadmill session is complete with the use of a video, we can observe the client frame by frame as he or she walks. We can watch one particular area of the foot or leg, and repeat its movement over and over, while we note exactly what is occurring. How much does the knee rotate? How much do the feet pronate or supinate? Is the patient performing a good heel/toe gait, or does he/she walk toe first? Do the feet turn inwards (a toe/in gait) or outwards (an abducted gait) ? Are the hips level during gait? Is there perhaps a leg length difference?

Here at Dorset Biomechanics we spend a great deal of time analysing the video footage. We go slowly and methodically through the sequence of the gait, frame by frame, observing and questioning. When we are happy that we now have a clear picture of what is occurring, and this picture agrees with our more detailed measurements and analysis, then we can start thinking of how exactly we are going to help you.



My son came to Dorset Biomechanics on recommendation from a Physiotherapist. He had been having some lower back problems and had very poor posture. Orthotics changed his life, and I would recommend a visit to Dorset Biomechanics to anyone having similar problems.

I had been running as a fund raiser for about 5 years when I developed Plantar Fasciitis as a result of my particular biomechanics. I had a thorough video gait analysis done by Dorset Biomechanics which suggested I would benefit from orthotics. These worked well. Since experiencing these beneficial results I have recommended Dorset Biomechanics to many people and have no hesitation in continuing to do so.

I had a biomechanical evaluation done by Dorset Biomechanics and can recommend this to any sports person who thinks they might have problems with their running technique.

My son is a very keen cricketer, aged 11.
He played for his school, and was starting to play at junior county level, but was having knee pain. My Osteopath recommended Dorset Biomechanics and he was fitted with sports orthotics. They made an instant difference, and he has now had three pairs, due to growth and at 14 is still playing cricket without pain of any type. Getting orthotics for my son was the best money I have spent.

Osteoarthritis had over the years affected my knees and at 56 I was limited in terms of activity and comfort. After a visit to Dorset Biomechanics I received my first pair of orthotics and they made so much difference to my life. I can now walk so much further and in comfort. The Foot Clinic has an excellent reputation in the area and I have no hesitation in recommending her.

My Osteopath recommended me to Dorset Biomechanics as my hip, back and shoulder problems were worsening. Once I had my orthotics I immediately felt the benefits. Walking long distances were no longer a problem and my hip and low back problems resolved. Because of this, I took up running for the first time in my life. I have lost weight and feel good. Last year I completed my first triathlon. I have never looked back.

I consulted with The Foot Clinic at Dorset Biomechanics as I had pain in my right thigh. I had previously consulted my GP Chiropractor, Osteopath, and had epidurals and painkillers and physio. Walking made it worse. The Foot Clinic diagnosed ITB which is often caused by overpronation. Since I received my orthotics I have had no problems and can now walk without pain.

Having arrived at the point when walking more than a few hundred yards was becoming a serious problem, I can now quite literally walk for miles with none of my original foot pain. For me orthoses have been one of the best investments I have ever made.

My Osteopath suggested I consult with Dorset Biomechanics as he suggested my back pain which was increasing, could be because of my poor posture. Since I received my orthotics even my family have noticed I am now walking 'normally'. My life has changed for the better thanks to The Foot Clinic. I would recommend a visit.

I am an Ultra Runner with a very distinctive running style. Unfortunately this style was causing me injury after injury and I wasn't running as efficiently as I should. After spending pounds and attending many sessions with my Physio, I decided to visit Dorset Biomechnics. I got a good assessment from someone who really knows about my sport and this is now making a tremendous difference to my running. Great service and support, money well spent.

My son went to see The Foot Clinic at Dorset Biomechanics on the recommendation of his Physio. He had low back problems and very poor posture. He wanted to join the Army, but there was no way he could run and get fit enough to enter. After a thorough examination he was prescribed orthotics. The transformation was amazing! His posture changed, his confidence grew, and he got fit enough to be accepted into the Army. He now often runs 10 miles at the weekends. I can honestly say a visit to Dorset Biomechanics changed his life. Highly recommended.