Video Walking & Running Assessments
At Hurst Podiatry, we offer walking and running video assessments for people of all ages at our clinics in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth and Mooroolbark.
If you’re experiencing pain or any issues with your feet and/or lower limbs in Melbourne, book an appointment to see us now.
Why should the way you walk and/or run be assessed?
For many people, the injuries and pain in their lower limbs can often be attributed to chronic injuries. This means that there wasn’t necessarily a specific injury “moment”, that occurred. Rather, these injuries have occurred gradually and may have many causes, including overuse, poor walking and running technique, sporting overuse, poor footwear and bad training habits.
A walking and running assessment, also known as a gait assessment or gait analysis, allows our podiatrists to find the answer to your most important question – “why are we getting the pain?”.
The answer to this question is most often because of the shape of our feet, the way we walk, and the way we distribute pressure when we walk.
During a walking and/or running assessment, we have you walk and/or run on our treadmill, and we record this on an app. This app allows us to dissect the way you walk and/or run. We can see the smallest details as we can slow down the video and focus on particular movements.
This means we can find that exact cause of your pain.
During this assessment, the video feed is linked to a TV that you can see, so you can see how you move in real time, which is particularly helpful when correct technique issues.
What are we looking for during a walking and/or running video assessment?
We are trying to find the reason behind the pain you’re experiencing in your body.
Our expertise in lower limb movement, means we understand exactly how things are meant to be happening. And along with understanding your history, we can pinpoint the exact cause of your pain.
We’re looking to find the little abnormalities that are leading to the pain you’re experiencing, and when we find them, we can tailor a treatment plan to relieve you of this pain.
What conditions might be affected by the way I walk and run?
Most chronic foot injuries and pain is caused by the way we move, however, a video assessment of the way you run and walk can also help us in diagnosing and treating the following conditions:
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Plantar plate tears
- Hallux limitus/rigidus
- Tendinopathies of the muscles that flex and extend the toes
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tib post dysfunction
- Stress fractures
- Ankle equinus
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis
- Tarsal coalition
- Shin splints/MTSS
- Peroneal tendinopathy
These are only some of the conditions we might be able to diagnose through a walking and running video assessment.
Why Choose Hurst Podiatry for Walking and Running Assessments?
At Hurst Podiatry we pride ourselves in our knowledge and expertise in the field of podiatry, including our understanding of how the way you walk, run and move, can cause pain and discomfort in your body.
We believe in finding the best and most appropriate treatment option for you, and to do that we really need to understand the root cause of your pain. Our video assessment of your movement is a great way for us to understand the way your body works and diagnose conditions accurately.
We approach your foot and lower leg health holistically and like to ensure that we’re providing you with the best and most effective treatment option to suit you and your condition.
We’re also here to answer any questions you have because we want all of our clients, including those undergoing a walking and running assessment in Melbourne, to achieve the best results possible.
If you need help with your feet in the East Melbourne suburbs, schedule an appointment at Hurst Podiatry today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is a walking and running video assessment?
There is no additional cost for this assessment type. The cost is the same as a normal appointment. Depending on the extent of your pain or the cause of your condition, these assessments may take a while, and in some instances, we may encourage you to book an appointment specifically for the assessment. This allows us to do a thorough assessment and not rush the process.
How do I know if I need a walking and running assessment?
We will tell you!
This isn’t a requirement for every patient that comes to Hurst Podiatry. It is something we commonly do when someone is experiencing a chronic injury or pain, as it can make the diagnosis or certain conditions easier.
We only suggest a video assessment on a case-by-case basis.
Do I need a referral to come to Hurst Podiatry?
No, a referral is not required to book in to see us here at Hurst Podiatry.
We’re available to patients of all ages, whether you’ve experienced an injury, you need help taking care of your feet, or you’re experiencing discomfort in your lower limbs, because everyone is welcome here at Hurst Podiatry.
We have 5 clinic locations in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth, and Mooroolbark.
Book today by calling us on (03) 5901 2216 or booking online here.