TOG GaitScan at Spire Harpenden Hospital

GaitScan is state of the art computer hardware and software that helps us assess and analyse your feet. This analysis, combined with our experience and knowledge detects abnormal foot function which may be affecting your feet or other parts of your body.

GaitScan detects abnormal foot function which may be affecting your feet or other parts of your body

Your foot is in contact with the ground for about 0.8 of a second when walking and about 0.25 of a second when running. Imagine 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 records your timing sequences during gait as you walk or run across the pressure plate. This enables us to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics and determine whether you would benefit from wearing custom made foot orthotics. (Orthotics are devices worn in your shoes that provide correction to your feet.)

How does GaitScan work?
1) Scans the foot
As you walk across the pressure plate thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure of your foot.

2) Maps Foot Pressure
From your step the computer displays 2D and 3D visual representation of the pressure under your foot. You can see where you have too much to too little pressure.

3) Prints a report
The information is then summarised in a report that can be printed for you to see. The report findings will help us evaluate your foot function and determine if the pain you are experiencing is related to faulty foot function.

4) Determines the need for orthotic therapy
The information from this report will assist us to determine if you need orthotic therapy.

5) Data is sent to the laboratory
When it is determined that you will benefit from orthotic therapy your information is then sent securely to The Orthotic Group laboratory. From there your custom made orthotics are manufactured specifically for you and your feet.

How do I know if I have a problem?

The symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include any one of the following:

  • Localised foot pain
  • Bunions, hammer toes
  • Arch / heel pain
  • Leg / knee pain
  • Hip or back pain – even neck pain

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