Patients seek our help if they are either experiencing pain in the feet or discomfort elsewhere in the body which they suspect is linked to the way they walk. Gait assessment and correction is a logical extension to an Osteopath’s repertoire as we are experts in human structure and function and how alteration in structure (in the feet or other areas) can alter function (gait in this case) and cause injury and eventually pain.
Runners / Sports People
If you are a runner, it can be particularly helpful to have a gait assessment as any problems can be spotted before they lead to injuries.
If you are experiencing regular and ongoing pain in your feet, knees or back, a gait assessment could help you find out what the problem is and treat accordingly. Patient receive targeted osteopathic treatment to all affected areas of the body and often orthotics (a tailored shoe insert for one or both shoes) to correct gait mechanics. Physical treatment is still necessary so that the body can comfortably adapt to the new orthotic.
Orthotics / Shoe inserts
Orthotics are made up onsite and are relatively inexpensive (£30 to £50). You may be given a few samples to try before the prescription is made up.