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Gait Assessment

Research has shown that 60-70% of people have abnormally functioning feet.

gaitscan_sideStructural problems in your feet can alter the way you walk and cause pain throughout your body. The specialists at North West Physiotherapy will evaluate the way you walk (gait analysis) to determine if you are a candidate for prescription foot orthotics.

The Gait Scan device is a sophisticated analysis tool that gives a rapid and accurate assessment of the biomechanical function of the feet whilst walking and stationary. The Gait Scan can be used to measure the force distribution through the foot as you walk over the uniquely designed force platform, which has thousands of small sensors that detect and analyse your unique walking style.

Determining the weight distribution when you are standing helps in the diagnosis of problems in the foot and elsewhere that may be causing you pain.

Including a dynamic gait analysis of the pressure distribution of the foot during the act of walking provides a wealth of information that is useful not only in the diagnosis of problems, but helps in the generation of a custom designed orthotic device made to help correct the underlying dysfunction.

After a full history and examination of the foot, the use of the orthotic will help to restore optimal mechanics and can lead to a reduction and even the elimination of pain. The scan gives an instant reading that shows the force distribution and areas where excessive force is being applied. Patients receive a printout and graph of their scan and are able to compare their foot biomechanics to an ‘ideal’ foot.

What are prescription foot orthotics?

Custom foot orthotics are devices worn in your shoes that provide correction and assistance to your feet, helping them function in a more efficient manner. Poor foot function and alignment may be the cause of the pain you are experiencing in your feet, knees, hips or back.

Prescription orthotics can help relieve your discomfort by realigning and stablilsing the bones of your feet, in turn restoring your natural walking pattern.

How does TOG Gaitscan work?

  1. Scans Foot – As you walk across the plate, thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure throughout the sole of your foot.
  2. Maps Foot Pressure – From your step, the computer then displays on its screen, 2D and 3D visual representations of the pressures under your feet.
  3. Prints Report – This information is also summarised in an analysis report that can be printed for you to see. The report findings will help your practitioner to evaluate your foot function and determine if the symptoms you are experiencing are related to faulty foot mechanics.
  4. Determines need for Orthotic Therapy – This information will assist your health care practitioner to determine if you need any orthotics therapy, and will also aid the manufacturing of the right prescription orthotics to support your feet.

Contact North West Physiotherapy today to discuss your needs and organise a personal assessment.