Foot and Gait


What is Foot and Gait therapy?

Basically, it's pain relief through better body mechanics, acheieved througn an individual program designed to improve your posture, balance, and functional movement.

Extend your body's shelf life and live the life you want to live, pain free. Whether you are rehabilitating after surgery or an injury, or just wanting to be able to play with your kids. It's about quality of life.

The pattern of how a person walks is called "gait" and your dynamic base of support is your feet. When a person suffers an injury, has surgery, or is having pain, they often have to relearn how to walk after. Everyone has a pattern in their body, and if it is imbalanced can cause wear and tear on your joints and common pain syndromes. Then no matter what the activity, you strengthen and reinforce that pattern. In order to re-pattern these movement patterns that may be causing the pain, we design a program based on individual needs that are a sequence of Release-Stabilize-Strengthen for more efficient functioning of the body.

The department is headed by foot and gait therapist, Nancy Myers, and her team. We start with awareness, the first step in correcting postural habits contributing to pain reduction and better alignment. We also use many different techniques and tools to help you quickly and safely achieve a more efficient movement pattern.

Philosophy:

Musculoskeletal pain affects many people of all ages, simple misalignment over many years can cause wear and tear on joints and discs, while ill-fitting footwear on hard flat surfaces can destroy the feet.

Many pain syndromes are a result of slight deviations in walking gait pattern and can be felt in the feet all the way up through the body into the neck and jaw. Remember the old song? The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone . . . yes, it’s all connected and was meant to work together in harmony. In our society, the average person takes 10,000 steps per day, so misalignment over time can become chronic pain.

Chronic pain can affect every aspect of your quality of life and most often the symptoms are treated through pain management drugs instead of treating the cause; bad posture and inefficient movement patterns. Correcting misaligned patterns can produce a more efficient and functional seated, standing, walking and overall movement pattern.

Through your individually designed program, we work on core strength, improved joint mobility and help the body to work more efficiently when moving or sitting. The increased strength and flexibility will help to reduce pain, increase balance and lead to a better overall movement pattern.


Rates

$83 - 93 / hour
To set up an appointment for foot or gait issues, please call 415-285-5808.