Key Gait Parameter Measurements over the Full Gait Cycle

GaitSmart measures Gait Kinematics

Gait kinematics are the motion of the lower limbs while walking.

GaitSmart tests measure the three dimensions of walking, provide data for movement in the sagittal and coronal planes and calculate symmetry.

Other gait analysis devices can generally indicate the presence of a gait issue but without gait kinematics they cannot identify the origin of the issue or its severity.

Sensor Technology

GaitSmart uses wireless Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) mounted on the lower limbs. The sensors, consisting of orthogonal gyroscopes, accelerometers and magnetometers, provide the raw data on three planes. GaitSmart's proprietary fusion algorithms process this data to produce orientation and temporal information. GaitSmart test results have been validated against the optical gait laboratories, the current gold standard.

Sensor Placement

The GaitSmart sensors are placed in straps over clothing, the straps and sensors do not restrict movement. The system has been designed so that that specific positioning is not critical for accurate measurements. GaitSmart takes only 10 minutes and produces objective, repeatable results every time.

Selected Clinical Studies and Publications

Identification of Gait Abnormalities with GaitSmart

McCarthy et al. Analysis of knee flexion characteristics and how they alter with the onset of knee osteoarthritis: a case control study BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013, 14:169

Elbaz A et al. Lower Extremity Kinematic Profile of Gait of Patients After Ankle Fracture: A Case-Control Study. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2016 Sep-Oct;55(5):918-21.

Hanly RJ et al. Outpatient 3-D gait analysis one year after THA using a portable IMU system: bone joint j jun 2016, 98-b (supp 11) 1


Development of GaitSmart Healthy Reference Database

Monda M et al. Use of Inertial Measurement Units to Assess Age-Related Changes in Gait Kinematics in an Active Population. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 23: 18-23. 2015


GaitSmart as an Intervention

Walters Y, McCarthy I, Birch H. Can task-orientated rehabilitation improve knee function in patients 12 months after knee replacement surgery for osteoarthritis? PhD Study University College London 2018

Hodgins D, McCarthy I. How measuring an older person’s walking pattern can help keep them mobile ‘Personalised healthcare for mobility’. ITAP 2015 Springer ISSN 1611-3349


Validation of GaitSmart results against the Optical Gait Laboratories

Zugner R et al. Validation of Inertial Measurement Units with Optical tracking system, ISPO 2017

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