When a small problem develops in your feet, a subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. This could be the root cause of pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, pelvis or lower back.
Gaitscan™ is state of the art computer system that helps us to assess and analyze your feet. This analysis combined with a physical examination allows us to detect abnormal foot function which maybe affecting your feet and/or other parts of your body
Trying to assess normal or faulty foot function with the naked eye is difficult as your foot is in contact with the ground for about 0.8 of a second when walking and about 0.25 of a second when running.
The Gaitscan™ system records the pressure that you put on your feet during your gait cycle as you walk across the pressure plate. This enables us to get a clear picture of your foot mechanics and determine whether your feet are having a part to play in your pain.
The assessment takes 1 hour and will involve an analysis of your lower limb bio-mechanics and completion of the Gaitscan™. This will produce the information needed to ensure that the treatment plan is made specific to your needs.
Prescription orthotics look like insoles, but are bio-mechanical medical devices that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Orthotics work on your feet by reducing the stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back in to proper alignment.
Orthotics fit in to your footwear as comfortably as an insole, but with the precision that makes them specific to you. There are a number of different styles to aid with different footwear and your physiotherapist will discuss these with you prior to ordering.
Once the scan has been completed and if we decide that prescription orthotics are the correct form of treatment, the scan is sent electronically to Canada. They are milled to precision and returned for fitting in approximately 2-3 weeks. As soon as they hav arrived we will contact you and book you in for a fitting appointment to test and discuss the correct way to wear the orthotics over the initial few weeks.