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Gait Analysis

Posted by Helen on 3/16/05 at 13:40 (171321)

What is your opinion of computerized gait analysis to find out the problems associated with your gait? If the analysis recommends surgery, how accurate are these analyses? Please give me your opinion. I'm going to pay out of my pocket for this. Thanks very much Helen

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Dr Ben Pearl on 3/16/05 at 18:54 (171355)

depends on which one, some are poorly correlated

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Julie on 3/17/05 at 02:11 (171372)

Why would you make a major decision about surgery based on what a computer recommends? Surely the best computerised analysis is only as good as the doctor who interpets it? I hope you have a good doctor whose opinions you can trust.

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Helen on 3/17/05 at 20:54 (171454)

Julie, you have a good point. But, after going through numerous surgeries which have only made me worse, the only alternative I can see is to see if a gait analysis might give clues as to what is going on. I have 6 pairs of orthotics which do not help either. After I had bilateral big toe implants, I developed 4 hammertoes on each foot with gigantic calluses on the bottom of all four toes of each foot. The gait analysis is going to be done at Temple University which has a great reputation. I really hope they can find out what is going on.

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Julie on 3/18/05 at 00:27 (171472)

I hope so too, Helen.

Good luck!

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Dr Ben Pearl on 3/18/05 at 18:16 (171523)

good choice

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Julia M on 3/24/05 at 17:20 (171905)

I found a good doctor who specializes in gait analysis, and he was able to diagnose lots of biomechanical problems without even doing the computer analyses by doing a very through physical examination, including observing me walk, my stance when standing, and measuring my flexibility and range of motion. This helped me tremendously, as he was able to recommend what my naprapath should be doing for me in terms of physical therapy (a physical therapist could have followed up on the recommendations, too).

My problems were that I had lots of over pronation and my feet turned out as I walked. I also have 'knock knees'. This put a lot of stress on lots of points in my feet, lower legs, and hips. My naprapath suggested retraining my gait and the gait specialist podiatrist approved of this regimen. I believe this has been the biggest factor in helping reduce my pain. They both also recommended exercises for me to do at home to help strengthen the muscles in my hips that are causing them to turn out when I walk.

As long as I wear arch supports (good ones like the ones sold here) and shoes that correct for overpronation, I have little to no pain.

The podiatrist said that there are lots of computerized tests that he could have run, but he didn't recommend it unless my pain didn't go away with the more conservative treatment. He said the same thing about orthoses.

If possible, I would look for someone with lots of education and preferrably teaching experience in gait analysis. My guy has his own research gait lab at a local university.

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Brian J on 9/04/08 at 12:50 (249853)

I know this string is very old, but I was wondering who your doctor is Julie. I have the exact same problem and would like to see him or her.