Gait Scan Analysis
Gait Scan & custom foot orthotics: Are you a candidate?
LOOK AFTER YOUR FEET AND THEY WILL LOOK AFTER YOU
- Do you have: Low back or sacroiliac pain?
- Muscle pain, tension or spasm?
- Shin splints? (Calf pain)
- Pain and grinding in the knee?
- Foot arch pain?
- Bunions or other foot pain?
- Symptoms that are worse with standing, walking or running?
- Symptoms that are not responding to rest and stretching?
If YES – then you may be a candidate for gait analysis using Gait Scan technology, and the prescription of custom foot orthotics to ease our condition and improve function.
Your feet, knees, hips and spine are in constant demand throughout the day under the pressure of gravity. Your foot is in contact with the ground for about .8 of a second when walking and about .25 seconds when running. Imagine trying to determine normal or abnormal foot function with the naked eye in a quarter of a second? This is too difficult for even the most experienced practitioner. The Gait Scan™ system records your timing sequences during gait as you walk or run across the pressure plate. This enables your practitioner to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics and determine whether you would benefit from wearing custom made foot orthotics.
Foot structure is the foundation of support in the body whilst under this stress. Your practitioner is trained to look at how the spinal joints are affected by your foot function. This is called “assessment of the Kinetic Chain”, and this identifies the underlying cause of joint pain and dysfunction. Read on to learn more!
Am I a candidate for orthotics?
Gait Scan and custom orthotics are a fantastic system to help identify the underlying cause of your condition (biomechanical foot faults), and provide the custom shoe insoles to help balance your body and get you better faster, and get you back to living life to the fullest.
Supporting the body
The structure and function of the foot supports your entire weight and affects the movement of all of the joints in your “kinetic chain” – i.e. the feet, knees, hips, pelvis and spine.
Faulty foot mechanics will eventually contribute to a variety of conditions in these joint structures. Common symptoms include:
- Foot arch pain
- Bunions or hammer toes
- Heel pain
- Shin splints
- Grinding / pain in the knee
- Hip pain
- Low back pain
- And even, neck pain
These symptoms are often worse with long term standing or walking which can result in over use, stress and strain to the ligaments, tendons and muscles that support the weight bearing joints. This ultimately causes pain.
Why the feet?
Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of the weight bearing joints. Like the foundation of a building, your feet support the weight of your body. This is amplified by 4 times when you are running! When small problems develop in your feet, a subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of mal-adjustment in your other joints, adversely impacting your posture and walking mechanics, and creating abnormal stress in these joints, leading to even worse problems.
To understand orthotics, it helps to understand a bit about how the foot works. Pronation is the technical term for the collapse of the inside arch of the foot. It is a normal and important event in the walking pattern, enabling the foot to work as a shock absorber for the body. However, over-pronation (excessive rotation) can cause problems such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis (arch pain), bunions, knee, hip or back pain. As the foot over-pronates excessive twisting pressure is exerted onto the knees, hips, pelvis and spine creating joint dysfunction, and ultimately pain.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are insoles that fit into your shoe to control your foot motion and prevent the stresses placed on all of the weight bearing joints that result from over-pronation. It is important to note that, not all orthotics are created equal. Yes, you can get off the shelf orthotics. However, these are actually just simple “arch supports” and NOT true biomechanical control devices. The Gait Scan and custom orthotics allow precise measurements to meet your individual biomechanical requirements.
Custom foot orthotics help rebalance your feet, thereby reducing the stress on the joints and muscles and reducing pain and discomfort by enhancing and optimizing the bodies natural movements. Working with the orthotic laboratory, your practitioner prescribes orthotics uniquely designed to meet your needs to balance biomechanical faults inherent in your joints. These devices augment and enhance the Clinical care you receive, and hasten the healing process with long lasting results. So you can return to your regular activities.
Will they fit into all of my shoes?
In a word – yes. Orthotics can be designed to fit into almost any shoe type. They can be transferred from shoe to shoe, or you can purchase a pair for each pair of shoes. This is often necessary when specialist orthotics are required for specific sports or occupational activities. There is even a range of sandals that can have your orthotic prescription built into the sandal footbed!
How does Gait Scan™ work?
1. Scans the Foot
As you walk across the pressure plate, thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure of your foot overtime.
2. Maps Foot Pressure
From your step, the computer displays 2D and 3D visual representations of the pressure under your foot. You can see where you have too much or too little pressure.
3. Prints a Report
The information is then summarized in a report that can be printed for you and your healthcare practitioner to see. The report findings will help your practitioner evaluate your foot function and determine if the pain you are experiencing is related to faulty foot function.
4. Determines the need for Orthotic Therapy
The information from this report will assist your healthcare practitioner to determine if you need orthotic therapy.
5. Data is sent to the Laboratory
When it is determined that you will benefit from orthotic therapy your information is then sent securely to The Orthotic Group laboratory. From there your custom made orthotics are manufactured specifically for you and your feet.