3D gait analysis may help get to the root of bunions
Determining biomechanics has gone high-tech, according to news sources.
It's known that imbalanced biomechanics, such as pronation, can lead to foot pain and deformities like bunions and hammer toe. Physical therapists are now using 3D technology to diagnose landing mechanics issues, and patients report finding relief.
In BCLocalNews.com, a news source in British Columbia, runner Madi Fulton told her story of waking up with claw-like feet one morning. She attended the University of Calgary's (UC) running injury clinic, where she received a 3D gait analysis and was informed that she had weak ankles and hamstrings.
“We essentially make somebody into a three-dimensional stick figure with millimetre accuracy,” said Reed Ferber, director of the clinic at UC. “We’re measuring what’s happening in terms of joint motions.”
An article in Running Times also reported on the new technology, and quoted Ferber as saying that the method can determine the exact degree of over-pronation.
The director said that he and his colleagues are working to streamline the technology to make it less expensive and more suitable for widespread use.
In the meantime, bunion splints or orthotics may help improve gait while also working to prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe. In fact, the Bunion Aid by Alpha Orthotics
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avoid bunion surgery.