Computerised Gait Analysis - A powerful diagnostic aid
Our practise utilises the latest in high-tech computerised gait analysis. The TOG GaitScan System is a state-of-the-art foot pressure assessment tool, which is linked to sophisticated software to enable us to accurately assess your foot and gait function for specific problems.
This allows us to analyse the way you stand, walk and run, so that we can best predict how to manage your problem. We will often perform a GaitScan in-conjunction with a physical assessment of your biomechanics prior to prescribing your foot orthoses or other mechanical therapies. For our patients with diabetes, this also allows us to accurately predict the location of any potential areas of ulceration due to peripheral neuropathy, so that we can instigate treatment to prevent these limb-threatening breakdowns.
Foot orthoses (also called shoe orthotics) are custom designed inserts that sit within your shoes to correct or accommodate your foot or lower extremity condition. They are not ‘arch supports’, but custom designed medical aids to improve the performance and function of the foot whilst you are standing and walking. They are extremely useful for a wide range of foot and leg conditions, and suitable for most occupations and sporting activities.Your podiatrist may recommend a foot orthosis if you have a chronic condition that will not resolve with other treatments, such as:
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis affecting the foot and ankle
- Diabetic foot complications
- Running injuries, such as stress fractures and shin splints
- Arthritis affecting the knee
- Heel pain
- Forefoot problems
Your podiatrist will give you specific advice as to whether your condition will be suitable for treatment with foot orthoses.