The Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory is situated within the outpatients department at Chapel Allerton Hospital. This laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art 3D motion analysis, muscle function testing equipment and plantar pressure systems which are all key for examining detailed movement patterns of a wide variety of patient groups that are central to the FASTER (Foot and Ankle STudiEs in Rheumatology) and biomechanics and joint replacement technology research portfolio.
The gait lab is led by Professor Anthony Redmond supported by Dr Graham Chapman, Dr Heidi Siddle, Dr Michael Backhouse, Dr David Lunn, Dr Begonya Alcacer-Pitarch, Mr Richard Wilkins and Mr Benjamin Drew.
Closely linked with the gait laboratory is Dr Claire Brockett (iMBE) who heads a team developing holistic experimental modelling to investigate the biotribology and mechanical interfaces of existing total ankle replacement joints in order to enhance the understanding of current failure mechanisms and determine factors to enhance performance. Work conducted in the gait laboratory is linked directly into the work being conducted by Clare’s research team to gain greater understanding of how the natural and arthritic ankles function in order to improve clinical outcomes and longevity of total ankle replacement surgery.
As one of the imaging centres for the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, the gait laboratory is conducting functional experiments to understand the role of chronic ankle instability in the development of ankle osteoarthritis.
Other ongoing studies include Lifelong Joints (LLJ), Prefabricated and custom orthoses in early RA (PREACHER) and Stratification of patellofemoral pain using clinical, biomechanical and imaging features. You can read more about them here
Equipment and facilities include:
10 camera Vicon MX system
2 floor embedded AMTI force plates
GaitRite instrumented walkway
Emed planar pressure system
Pedar plantar pressure system
16 channel Trigno (Delsys ) wireless electromyography (EMG) system
Biodex isokinetic dynamometer
Polhemus electromagnetic motion tracking system