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  • September 17, 2021

What is a gait analysis used for?

The way that we all walk is very unique and virtually no one walks exactly the same way. There are plenty of different major as well as subtle minor variants. These variances might help to recognize individuals on CCTV footage as part of forensic investigations and also valuable in gait studies to look into clinical problems. There are now experts in the analysis of gait for the forensic identification. As well as that there are now some quite innovative equipment and techniques for the clinical gait analysis. Both the forensic and clinical gait analyses give attention to precisely what makes us distinctive in the manner that we walk and to quantify those variations.

One of these varieties is what is termed an abductory twist. This is commonly seen in clinical gait analyses since it will have implications for the treating of biomechanical issues. When we walk, as the heel comes of the floor, the hindfoot normally comes up straight. However, in a some people just as the rearfoot comes of the ground there can be a rapid motion of the rearfoot medially or towards the opposite foot. Often it is only visible to those who are experienced with looking for it or on a video clip when the video clip is slowed down. There are a few possible reasons for this. One is overpronation of the foot, which is a rolling of the ankle inwards and a flattening of the arch of the foot. Another possible reason is a functional hallux limitus which is a problem with the big toe joint not functioning properly. There is some disagreement if this is indeed a clinical problem or not. This happens because many think about this as a sign of the problem instead of an actual problem. They consider that treatment ought to be aimed at the reason why as opposed to the abductory twist. The existence or absence of an abductory twist could even be part of the forensic inspection.


Roberta Garcia

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