Gait is the way in which we move our whole body from one point to another. Run Gait analysis is a method used to assess the way we run to highlight bio-mechanical abnormalities. Abnormalities are inefficiencies in our run cycle, typically it is associated with injury. Being able to move more efficiently is important in avoiding these injuries. Having joints capable of producing sufficient force is important to generate an effective gait cycle. If joints are stiff, this is usually caused by muscle tightness, the end result will be limited range of motion or weak muscles. In turn, your body has to find ways to compensate for those problems, this leads to bio-mechanical abnormalities.
The following are a list of common overuse injuries associated with poor gait biomechanics:
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Iliotibial band syndrome (runners knee)
- Patella tendonitis (jumpers knee)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Lower back paindeficiencies identified.