The Gait Scan apparatus is a revolutionary diagnostic tool that enables a rapid and accurate assessment of the bio-mechanical function of the feet whilst walking.
The gait analysis provided enables the practitioner to determine whether a patient has tendency to pronate or supinate during walking. Tendency for the foot to be in either direction can give rise to a number of joint problems that can be the cause of pain in the foot, Knee, Hips and Back which can lead to bad posture and start effecting the neck and shoulders.
The Gait Scan can reveal biomechanical dysfunction such as flat feet or over pronation which means that too much pressure is put on the inner borders of the foot during the walking action & over supination means that excessive pressure is on the outside border of the foot.
Determining the weight distribution in standing helps in diagnosis of problems in the feet and elsewhere that can cause pain. A dynamic gait scan of the pressure distribution of the foot whilst walking provides a wealth of information. It is this useful information that gives a diagnosis of the problems caused from your feet and can help in the generation of an orthotic in sole device that is custom made to help correct the underlying problem. It is the use of the orthotic will help’s to restore optimal Biomechanics and can lead to a great reduction and even the elimination of pain.
What Are Custom Orthotics?: Orthotics is actually the medical field relating to the design, development, manufacturer or fitting of devices designed to provide additional support or correct imbalances in the muscles or bones of the body. But, the term “orthotics” is also used to refer to the devices created by those professionals. Custom orthotics are devices that are sized to fit a specific person. When it comes to the feet and lower body, appliances that fall under the heading of custom orthotics include shoes, braces and insoles of various types.
What Are Custom Orthotics Used For?
- Insoles may be used to:
- Provide additional support to the arches of the feet
- Act as shock absorbers during sports or other activities
- Reduce friction and improve the comfort of hiking boots
- Provide additional warmth in cold weatherHelp prevent or control pronation
- Provide additional support for the heelsCorrect leg-length discrepancies
- Relieve pain in specific areas of the foot
- Braces may be used to provide additional support for the knee or ankle.
In some cases, the braces are therapeutic; used to provide compression or cold therapy. Special braces for the toes are used to separate and straighten.Therapeutic or orthopedic shoes may be used as an alternative to insoles. They can provide many of the same benefits.