Orthotics and Gait Analysis with GaitScan
GaitScan is a state of the art electronic system that allows your physiotherapist to assess your foot’s mechanics with accuracy and reliability. It detects abnormal foot function which may be causing various problems throughout your body such as:
Localised foot pain including arch/heel pain
Back and hip pain
Achilles tendon pain
What to expect?
Your physiotherapist will ask you to walk across the electric pressure sensitive plate, which has thousands of tiny sensors that capture the distribution of pressure on your foot over time.
From your scan the computer displays 2D and 3D visual representations of the pressure under your foot as you walk. It also produces a series of reports that will be compared to an ‘ideal’ foot scan.
Your physiotherapist will discuss with you the results from your scan and reports, and evaluate if the pain you are experiencing is related to faulty foot function, and if so, how best to correct it.
There are different options, but if it is determined that you would benefit from custom orthotics, your information is then sent to the laboratory to have custom made orthotics manufactured specifically to your feet.
Your new orthotics will generally arrive within 2 -3 weeks.
Who should have GaitScan?
If you have:
Feet that are sore on a regular basis e.g. pain under your heel (planter fasciitis)
If you have pain in your knees or Achilles tendon (back of your ankle)
If you spend a good portion of your day standing or walking on hard surfaces
You play sport regularly, especially running sports
Standing, walking or running gives you joint pain (ankles, knees or hip)
You have visible foot problems (bunions, fallen arches etc)
One of your legs is shorter than the other
You have knock-knees or bow legs
Your shoes wear out quickly or unevenly