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Monday: 7am – 6pm
Tuesday: 7am – 6pm
Wednesday: 7am – 6pm
Thursday: 7am – 6pm
Friday: 7am – 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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Adele Meron, MD
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Lindsey Schultz, PA-C
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Foot and Ankle Orthopedics

Rene Kafka, DPM
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Foot and Ankle Surgery

Jack Spittler, MD
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Family Medicine

Daniel Moon, MD
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The UCHealth Foot and Ankle Center – Central Park is a comprehensive practice focused on patients with foot and ankle needs, and includes a 1,000-square-foot clinical motion laboratory.

Whether it’s for treatment of a tendon injury, total ankle replacement, a toenail problem, or a host of injuries and conditions, our patients receive individualized care from a highly-trained, expert team.

Our physicians are fellowship-trained and board-certified. We use leading edge, minimally-invasive techniques and outpatient surgery to ensure that our patients avoid long hospital stays and get back to life and sport as soon as possible.

UCHealth Foot and Ankle Center – Central Park has a state-of-the-art clinical motion laboratory 8-camera motion capture technology, 3-D software integration, wireless electromyography (EMG) for comprehensive muscular analysis, force and pressure plate technology and a high-definition slow-motion reference camera.

Our services

  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Non-operative musculoskeletal medicine
  • Orthopedic foot and ankle
  • Orthotics and bracing
  • Physical medicine and rehab
  • Physical therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Integrative medicine (on-site)
  • Lymphedema (on-site)
  • Clinical motion analysis
  • Xray
  • Ultrasound
  • Weight bearing CT

Conditions treated

  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Alignment problems
  • Ankle arthritis (including ankle replacement)
  • Ankle fractures
  • Ankle instability
  • Ankle sprains and ligament tears
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Charcot
  • Congenital deformities
  • Foot and ankle deformities
  • Foot drop
  • Foot fractures
  • Foot ulcers
  • Hallux rigidus
  • Osteochondral lesions of the talus (OLTs)
  • Sports injuries to the foot and ankle
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendonitis and other tendon tears
  • Toenail conditions
  • Turf toe injuries

Treatments and procedures

  • Biologics
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Minimally invasive, non-surgical approaches for eliminating scar tissue and treatment of tendonitis
  • Shockwave therapy –  acoustic wave technology to care for a wide range of musculoskeletal pain
  • Ultrasound guided procedures
  • Joint injections
  • Minor surgical procedures

Clinical Motion Analysis Laboratory

Our state-of-the-art clinical motion analysis laboratory offers a highly precise means to understand how you move. We are a multidisciplinary team of movement specialists with backgrounds in medicine, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, and orthotics/podiatry.

Our 1000 sq. ft. laboratory uses the following state-of-the-art equipment to understand how you are moving:

  • Motion capture cameras to record how you move in 3D (same technology used in movies and video games)
  • Surface electrodes placed on the skin to record when your muscles turn on/off
  • Force platforms to measure the forces, moments, and powers produced at your hip, knee, and ankle
  • 4 meter Plantar Pressure mat to capture how your foot interacts with the ground
  • High-definition video cameras for observational gait analysis
Who we treat and conditions we see

While the laboratory was originally created to help adults (ages 14 to 100+) with movement challenges, we have expanded our services and can see patients of all ages.

Our core team of movement specialists see a wide array of conditions that cause difficulty in walking and movement:

  • Musculoskeletal problems (e.g. foot, ankle, knee, hip, back)
  • Lower limb amputation (e.g. conventional prosthetics, osseo-integrated prosthetics)
  • Neurological movement disorders (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ataxia, stroke, Huntington’s disease, etc.)
  • Balance impairment (e.g. TBI, concussion)
  • Sports performance/injury
Clinical services we offer
Full gait analysis

What is a clinical gait analysis?

Clinical gait (a.k.a. walking) analysis uses highly specialized motion capture equipment to help understand what might be causing your movement challenges. We use motion capture, similar technology as used in the motion picture industry and video games, to create a 3D model of how you walk.

The personalized data we collect allows us to understand different aspects of movement: kinematics (joint angles), kinetics (joint force, moment, power), surface electromyography (muscle activation timing), plantar pressure (how your feet contact the ground), and temporal-spatial (walking speed, cadence, etc.).

Combining all these different data types allows us to assess and treat conditions affecting your ability to walk.

What to bring

  • Please bring shorts for your gait analysis

– Athletic shorts work best, if you have them. Ideally, short length is above your knees or loose enough they can be rolled up above your knees. If you forget to bring shorts, we have disposable paper shorts available for you in the lab.

  • Please bring the shoes, assistive device (e.g. cane, brace), and/or orthotics you typically wear for everyday activities in case we want to compare this to your barefoot walking.

What to expect

Your gait analysis will last 1½ to 2 hours and will be with our physical therapist and biomedical engineer.

  1. Physical exam and history

When you arrive, we will discuss your expectations for the study (what you hope to learn, reason for referral) and review your relevant medical history. A physical therapist will perform a physical exam of your legs to assess range of motion, reflexes, and strength.

  1. Motion capture prep

Once the physical exam is complete, the physical therapist and engineer will place small, reflective markers on your legs using hypoallergenic, double-sided tape. These markers are like stickers and are placed on key locations so the computer can build a model of you and record marker positions in the lab while you move. We may also place surface EMG sensors, also like a sticker, that record via Bluetooth when you muscles are firing to produce movement.

  1. Data collection

You will then walk barefoot along the walkway while we collect your motion data using the equipment described above. Our special walkway has additional built-in sensors that provide data about the forces you generate to produce movement and how the bottom surface of your foot is interacting with the floor. Depending on why you were referred for a gait analysis, we may also assess other functional movements (e.g. squat, hop, trunk, balance) to better understand your unique condition.

  1. Finishing your appointment

Once we have collected all the data, we will remove all the markers and EMG sensors. At this point your appointment will be complete and we will begin processing all your data.

  1. Motion capture data review

After your data has been processed, our multi-disciplinary team (physician, physical therapist, engineer, orthotist) will review your data and generate a report of our findings with any recommendations and/or suggested treatment options.

  1. Next steps

The health care provider who referred you to the clinical motion analysis laboratory will also receive a copy and will schedule a separate follow-up appointment with you to discuss the results, treatment options, and next steps.

When will I receive my results?

Your results will be uploaded to your profile on the My Health Connection, which you can access via the UCHealth patient portal. It will take approximately two weeks from your visit to receive your results.

Athletic performance analyses

Our state-of-the-art motion capture laboratory allows us to assess much more than just walking. We also specialize in athletic performance and sports motion analysis. We cater to a diverse array of athletic ability (amateur to professional), sports, and functional movements. We assess your athletic performance and identify areas of improvement and provide recommendations for training, return to sport, and treatment options.

Movement clinics

When a more targeted analysis to a specific issue is needed, we have movement clinics designed to focus on those select components. These clinics are designed to be a shorter duration and can provide results sooner.

For example, a Partial Gait Analysis focuses on ankle/foot biomechanics (angles, forces) and plantar pressures during a functional walking task. This visit lasts about 15 minutes.

Frequently asked questions

Does motion analysis hurt?

None of the equipment or tests performed at our motion laboratory should cause any pain. We use hypoallergenic tape to attach the motion capture markers and surface electrodes to your skin, much like a sticker or Band-Aid. We take extra care to accommodate to any special needs you may have.

How long will my appointment last for a full gait analysis?

A full gait analysis typically lasts 1½ to 2 hours.

Why do I need motion analysis?

For patients with a movement disorder, 3D motion analysis allows us to make much more precise and personalized diagnoses and treatment recommendations. Additionally, there are many movement abnormalities that cannot be seen or correctly assessed without computerized motion analysis.

As a clinical tool, 3D motion analysis allows your care team to record sub-millimeter measures of how you are moving in a way that can’t be achieved from observation alone. 3D clinical motion analysis allows us to combine a large amount of information, create a model, and condense all of the data into clinically meaningful insights into how you are moving. We can then identify with greater specificity where your movement is breaking down and make more informed treatment recommendations that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

How much will this cost? Does my insurance cover a gait analysis?

You can check with your insurance to see what they will cover using the following CPT codes associated with the motion capture portion of a gait analysis.

CPT Code Description
96001 3D Computer-based motion capture analysis with plantar pressure measurements
96002 Dynamic surface electromyography
96004 Review and interpretation by physician and multidisciplinary team of your data, with written report

What do I need to bring/wear?

  • Please bring shorts for your gait analysis
    • You are can change into your shorts once you arrive or wear them to your appointment.
    • Athletic shorts work best, if you have them. Ideally, short length is above your knees or loose enough they can be rolled up above your knees. If you forget to bring shorts, we have disposable paper shorts available for you in the lab.
  • Please bring the shoes, assistive device (e.g. cane, brace), and/or orthotics you typically wear for everyday activities in case we want to compare this to your barefoot walking.

How do I see my data?

A report with your motion capture data and clinical recommendations will be uploaded to your My Health Connection on the UCHealth Patient Portal. You can download the report from the portal as well.

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Billing & insurance

Our office participates with many different insurance companies. Because insurance plans, policies and laws often change, please contact your insurance company to see if we are a contracted provider. >> Find billing and insurance information.

Please notify us if you have an insurance plan change, coverage change or insurance loss so we can properly bill your claims in a timely manner.