We study how children walk using a high tech motion analysis system. This system helps us to understand how a child moves as a result of medical condition they have. This system can help us design better ways to help children and give us data that can measure the changes in walking based on interventions orthopedic surgeons, physiotherapists, or orthotists make.
One of the major advancements the Gait Lab at Sunny Hill Health centre has made, is to utilise a multi-segment foot model to help us understand how a child with CP is susceptible to mechanical breakdown of their feet. This was shown through our research to have clinical implications. Because of this research we now routinely use this foot model clinically. Further research is needed however to determine the usefulness of mutisegmental foot models on other walking disorders, such as clubfeet.