Gait analysis is a technique that investigates how one stands, walks, and runs. A detailed analysis of an individual can reveal the source of muscle, nerve, or skeletal problems.
Standing, walking, and running properly involves a chain of complex actions. Our bodies must integrate sensory feedback from the visual, somatosensory, and vestibular systems to properly coordinate our muscles to prevent us from falling. Gait analysis is a descriptive tool that can help a physician better understand how each of these systems contributes to the way one stands, walks, and runs.