Gait analysis is the study of walking, using visual senses supported by technology that can measure the movement and activity of the limbs.
Gait analysis has a number of uses. It can be used to:
- assess and plan treatment for individuals with conditions affecting their ability to walk
- monitor the rehabilitation of an individual
- identify efficiencies of movement and posture for individuals requiring prosthetic limbs to walk
- identify efficiencies of movement and posture for individuals with long term illness or movement issues (e.g. diabetes)
- identify efficiencies of movement and posture for participants in sport to improve performance
- identify posture-related or movement-related problems in people with injuries
- identify potential illness in individuals based upon movement (e.g. Parkinson's disease)
Many sporting goods stores and outdoor pursuits stores are now offering gait analysis to assess the movement of an individual’s feet and ankles in order to help them identify appropriate footwear for their planned activities.