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Gait Lab

Gait Analysis

Gait Lab – Overview

Gait analysis provides a systematic assessment of a child/youth’s manner of walking and is valuable for clinical assessment, clinical decision-making (including the need for orthotics or surgical intervention) and for reviewing a child’s therapeutic progress. The purpose of gait analysis is to identify treatment plans for improving mobility, function and independence.

Gait Lab Analysis

Niagara Children’s Centre’s Gait Lab uses advanced video and motion capture technology in order to assess the child’s:

  • Balance
  • Stability
  • Speed
  • Movement control
  • Symmetry
  • Limb and trunk motion
  • Weight transfer
  • Foot type and placement

The outcome of a gait analysis may include recommendations for:

  • Custom ankle foot orthotics
  • Stretching and strengthening exercise program

Normal paediatric gait is complex, but atypical gait is even more complex as seen in children with cerebral palsy. Gait analysis through the Centre’s Gait Lab is provided by a physiotherapist with advanced practice training.


Gait Analysis is available for children:

  • From birth to 18 years of age
  • Who live in the Niagara Region
  • Where a qualified professional identifies there is a functional concern related to a child’s gait

Identified concerns eligible for gait analysis include:

  • Issues related to muscle and joint contractures
  • Spasticity
  • Foot instability
  • Body malformations that may be contributing to increased fatigue, frequent tripping or falling, balance issues or consistent toe walking


Children and youth may be referred by a Centre physiotherapist or physician specializing in the area of physical, orthopedic, neurological or neuromuscular medicine.

Repeat gait lab referrals may be made by parents/legal guardians and/or Prosthetics Bracing Orthotics Group (PBO).