Gait Analysis Clinics
Clinical Gait Analysis Services.
Led by Rich Jones, Professor of Clinical Biomechanics and Julie Reay, physiotherapist and lecturer with a special interest in paediatrics and gait analysis, we provide informed research and proven and practical support to health professionals treating a range of movement disorders.
Centre of excellence
Our current research focus is in orthotics for children with cerebral palsy and we are rapidly developing a reputation as a Centre of excellence in this area, building relationships and exploring partnerships with clinicians, the NHS and private companies.
If you’re a student studying a relevant course at the University of Salford, why not contact us to find out about our work placements. You’ll learn from professionals in an excellent, research-driven environment while getting an unrivalled opportunity to develop and practice your patient skills.
2D vector video gait analysis
This process requires the patient to walk over or stand on a force plate while video cameras that are synchronised to the process record the motion from two perspectives. The force plate measures the forces generated by the patient and the force data is converted in real time into a line vector that is displayed on the video image.
This allows us to see accurately where the vector is located, in particular its direction and position in relation to lower limb joints in the weight bearing leg. Understanding the position and direction of the force in relation to the leg helps us to diagnose impairments and determine whether a treatment is working properly.
3D instrumented gait analysis
This process helps us to understand the movements and forces that are applied to the body during standing and walking. Small reflective markers are temporarily taped onto the patient’s legs and body and these are then tracked by motion capture systems as they walk around the laboratory. This provides information on how the trunk, pelvis, hips, knees, ankles and feet move and the forces applied to these joints during movement. The motion capture system also records useful time and distance data in addition to video recordings. All data is analysed as a multi-disciplinary team to provide an impairment focused clinical gait analysis report.
3D gait analysis is also a useful outcome measure in research and clinical outcome measure that focuses on walking ability and quality.
Continuing Professional Development
We are currently developing a package of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for health professionals. Please contact us to find out more.
Knowledge transfer partnerships
Established in 2004, we are the only clinical gait laboratory in Greater Manchester and have close links with local hospitals and private companies. Current knowledge transfer partnerships focus on finding better solutions to recording the clinical journey of patients requiring orthotic treatment. We are always open to new partnerships and collaborations so please contact us to find out more.
The Gait Analysis Clinic is located on the ground floor of the Podiatry department in the University of Salford Frederick Road campus. The clinic is fully accessible. Car parking is available at the University (fees apply). The University is conveniently located for Salford Crescent train station and is well served by bus services.