Gait Analysis in Westminster Denver Colorado
Are you experiencing foot, ankle, knee, hip, or low back pain? Not sure where it’s coming from? Are you not able to do the same things you used to do? We have helped thousands of patients in the Westminster Denver area to identify exactly where their pain is coming from, and fix it at the source!
If you have foot, ankle, knee, hip, or low back pain and are concerned about Gait or Biomechanical problems, please read this entire article…
If you are interested in Gait Analysis in the Westminster Denver Arvada Broomfield area, we want to be your provider. Here’s why we want to be your trusted source for Gait Analysis and Custom Orthotics…
-Our full biomechanical and gait analysis isn’t just about watching you walk and helping you pick out the right pair of shoes. Sure we will do all that too, but our analysis is the absolute best in the industry.
-We use radiographic diagnostics to analyze the angle of your hip, knee, and ankle. Actually showing you where your bones are and where the problem has started.
-We actually measure the amount of pronation and not use it to give you a board term. Oftentimes pronation may just be a symptom of a larger biomechanical issue or lumbopelvic problem. And correcting only the pronation often doesn’t solve the problem.
-We look at pronation, gait, angle of the knee, angle of the hip, and put all of these pieces together to correct the problem at the source. Oftentimes patients experiencing knee pain or hip pain have multiple biomechanical issues that need to be addressed. Foot wear and shoes are often the least effective fix for more wide ranging biomedical problems.
-We also examine your shoe tread wear patterns. Seeing how you walk on your actual shoes can be extremely beneficial. The tread of your shoes tells a story, the story of how you walk. We can learn more from looking at the bottom of your shoes than we can watching you walk!
Our radiographic biomechanical analysis leaves nothing to chance. We will find the source of your gait issue and fix it at the source! Don’t waste your time or money on shoes or off the shelf orthotics until you know what is going on behind the scenes.
With so many aspects to a proper biomechanical and gait analysis, don’t trust your body to just anyone. Trust the experts here at Westm inster Spine + Injury + Laser Center to give you the answers you have been looking for.
Once we have determined all aspects of your gait and biomechanical issues, the next step is treatment. Treatment for these issues can include:
- Chiropractic Adjustments: Realigning your lumbopelvic system is often a big part of correcting more broad biomedical and gait problems. Also realigning your ankles, knee, or hip is usually required. Years of biomechanical dysfunction will typically lead to alignment issues with the entire leg. Resetting your arch is also required in nearly all gait issues. Resetting these areas manually can only be done through Chiropractic care.
- Custom Rehab & Neuromuscular Reeducation: Once your issues have been identified, certain muscle groups will be diagnosed as weak or unstable, those will have to be strengthened, others that are over powering will be left to even out. Once this is complete your muscles must learn how to operate correctly again. Retraining firing patterns and independent dynamic stability from left to right is crucial. Each leg must learn to operate independently.
- Custom Orthotics: In some cases, not all, custom orthotics may be necessary. Some patients who have only minor or moderate pronation may be able to use prefabricated orthotics. Some patients will require actual custom made orthotics.
To learn more about Gait & Biomechanics please watch this video by Dr. Hall!
CUSTOM ORTHOTICS IN WESTMINSTER DENVER COLORADO
Our Westminster Denver clinic fits only the most advanced custom orthotics in the industry. Our Custom Orthotics in Westminster Denver use Orthofeet Biothotic Injectable Custom Orthotics. The process is completely unique and in our opinion the only true way to fit a Custom Orthotic. Here’s is the process:
- First our full biomechanical and gait analysis is performed, identifying all aspects of your gait, biomechanical, and pronation issues.
- These Custom Functional Orthotics are fit to support a weak or fallen arch due to more broad gait and biomechanical problems, acting almost like a crutch or splint.
- During our pronation measurements, patients whose arches are very different in neutral height and drop will need custom orthotics. This is the only way to properly support each foot where and how it needs to be. Patients whose arches are very close in measurements at neutral arch height and arch drop can oftentimes be fit with prefabricated arch supports.
- Once the decision is made to fit Custom Functional Orthotics, the patient’s entire foot, ankle, knee, hip, and lumbopelvic systems are completely realigned. Then the patient is placed in a non-weight bearing seating neutral position. The orthotics are injected with a special two part expanding foam. Then orthotics are then placed in a neutral (new) pair of shoes of the patient’s choice. The orthotic will then mold to the exact arch and configuration of the patient’s neutral arch. It is important to note that these orthotics are fit after the arch has been reset to its neutral position. Fitting custom orthotics must always be done to a neutral arch, not a weight bearing arch. This is often where machines that measure pressure patterns of your feet, and molds that you step in get it wrong. If you fit an orthotic to your weight bearing arch, you are fitting it to the arch that is already dysfunctional, and therefore it will not help your problem. True Custom Functional Orthotics must be fit to the neutral arch.
- Once molded the orthotics will allow for a 3mm drop with weight bearing as you walk. This is another area where most “custom orthotics” get it wrong. Many off the shelf brands and even high end custom orthotics that are made of hard or rigid plastic do not allow for proper arch drop as you walk. This eventually causes the muscles in your foot and arch to atrophy. This will usually make the issue worse, but ultimately it ensures that you will have to be in those orthotics FOREVER. Our Custom Orthotics are FUNCTIONAL, meaning they support your foot exactly where it needs to be, but also allow it to function normally and have proper biomechanics. Orthotics that are not correctly fit only contribute to your gait and biomechanical problems.
To learn more about Gait & Biomechanical issues watch this video lecture by Dr. Hall!
For patients who don’t require custom orthotics we use Orthofeet BioSole-Gel orthotics. This orthotic is still revolutionary in that it dynamically molds to the patients foot over the first couple days of use, allowing for proper support and proper functionality.