Our practice utilizes the latest in high-tech computerized gait analysis. This technology is the latest and most advanced method to analyze your biomechanics which start with your feet and how they function. Many common conditions we treat can often be linked to abnormal foot function resulting in foundational changes and imbalances which lead to stress points in the musculoskeletal system.
The GaitScan, is one of the most technologically advanced gait analysis tools on the market. Not only does it incorporate a digital pressure plate scanner with an industry high 4096 sensors and scans at an industry high 125 Hz(scans per second), but the scanning technology is unique in which the data is transferred from the gait scan into a prescription for orthoses (if needed). As with all products in the digital gait scanning family, the fantastic graphics and colorful instant reports make education interesting and effective.
Static Assessment – understanding how your feet distribute your weight provides important information to how your feet function and what the potential causes of abnormal function could be. This could be relative to your foot knee, hip, or low back complaints. Just by standing on the pressure – sensitive mat, it is possible to identify how your weight is distributed across both feet. Ideally, your weight should be spread evenly across both feet. Sometimes we will see one foot carry a third of the overall body weight, leaving the other foot with two-thirds. You can imagine how conditions arise as a result of this weight distribution.
Dynamic Assessment – by walking over the pressure sensitive mat tiny sensors pick up how pressure is distributed across your foot when it is in contact with the ground. The GaitScan collects this data and presents it in several different ways. (1) A 3-D model of the foot which shows areas of high and low pressure, (2) 2 – D color images which show the center of pressure line and areas of high and low pressure, (3) Comparison of data against that for an optimally functioning foot, and (4) graphs and tables of data which show the relationship of timing and extent of pressure across each foot throughout every step.
Your foot is in contact with the ground for about 0.8 of a second when walking and about 0.25 seconds when running. Imaging 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 GaitScan system record 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.