Gait Analysis Offers the Key to Positive and Painless Running

Gait Analysis Offers the Key to Positive and Painless Running Blog

If you are experiencing severe pain when you run, pay attention to your body. Although sore muscles and tendons are par for the course, chronic pain while running is a different matter. As a person who enjoys a good run several days a week, you may experience all sorts of health conditions. For instance, running fast or uphill can cause Achilles tendinitis, a condition in which your tendons feel stiff.

Your knees may start to hurt. Your heels might become inflamed. Your body manages to heal itself of one symptom only to discover a new ailment around the corner. Besides the fact that your body is trying to stand up to your enthusiastic efforts as a runner, you may have already tried home remedies. However, none of the methods improved your symptoms on a permanent basis.

Here are a few symptoms associated with vigorous running:

  • Chronic pain in the muscles and ligaments
  • Stiff tendons
  • Pain in the knees
  • Inflamed heels

The following natural remedies did not offer any remedies:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Professional massages

Everyone you know keeps telling you that you need to stop running. However, you want to run. Even if you are beginning to think about whether your acquaintances are right when they urge you to quit your habit, something inside of you rebels at the thought of giving up a sport that rejuvenates your mind and body.

Instead of listening to the seemingly helpful advice offered by friends, you decide to search for another alternative. You find an article about gait analysis showing that you may need to run in a different way. Your current running technique may cause undue stress to your joints, muscles and tendons.

Consulting with a physical therapist helps diagnose the reason that you keep feeling pain in various parts of your body. Once you change your style of running, you may discover that you are able to perform better without experiencing any more negative symptoms.

Here is a list of different techniques commonly associated with gait analysis:

  • Another person takes a video of you while you are running.
  • Movement sensors and force plates are attached to various parts of your body while you run.
  • You are observed while running on a treadmill and when going for a run outside.

Gait analysis techniques help you know how to improve your stride while reducing the chance of incurring injuries. In addition to observation and advice about how to correct your running style, you should go back for another appointment to ensure that the recommendations are working.

A Warning about Exercise Programs

It is imperative that you practice specific exercises offering practical ways to strengthen your tendons and muscles. It is pointless to perform exercises unless they help your body learn how to run in the most beneficial manner. Once you discover how to run the right way, you are off to a terrific finish during your next marathon.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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