Getting Your Gait Back on Track
Certain gait problems—for example, those that stem from a bad hip—fall outside the purview of a podiatric physician.
However, a lot of the most common gait problems center around foot structure and the motion of the arches and ankles. Those are problems we are especially well equipped to help you with!
During your appointment, we’ll analyze your gait by watching and even recording your feet and ankles as you walk, observing how they move and behave. (This is, of course, in addition to a full physical examination, as well as any diagnostic testing that may be necessary.)
We’d also love it if you can bring in one or more old pairs of shoes for us to examine. Sometimes we identify likely problems with pronation, heel strike, or other issues simply by observing the wear patterns on your treads!
In most cases, the best way to deal with a foot structure or biomechanics problem identified in your gait analysis is with custom orthotics. These are shoe inserts specially made with your foot in mind, and they help support your arches and feet with the exact kind of cushioning and support they need, in exactly the right places.
If it helps, you can think of orthotics like being the “glasses” of the feet. With the right prescription, a pair of glasses can help someone with even very poor eyesight see clearly. Likewise, a carefully designed functional orthotic can allow a foot with significant gait problems to move, pronate, and bear weight effectively and maintain proper alignment throughout the gait cycle. That means less pain and fewer injuries!
We use an advanced process to make sure our custom orthotics are as precisely tuned as possible for the needs of our patients. We’ll make sure your feet are set in the most biomechanically appropriate position, then use high-resolution 3D photography and scanning to make the perfect mold for your feet.
If you’re dealing with foot pain that you can’t explain, or quickly get fatigued or sore in your feet and legs with exercise, gait mechanics may well be to blame.
Either way, your best choice is to come see us at Waco Foot & Ankle. We’re here to help you understand the root causes of your pain and develop the right set of steps to correct them. Call our office in Woodway today at (254) 776-6995, or connect with us using our online contact form.