Gait scanning and prescription orthotics

Gait-scanning is available through the physiotherapy department at Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood, Essex, and enables your physiotherapist to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics.

Why use gait scan?

Like the foundations of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them and therefore have a direct impact on the rest of your body. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle change in the way you walk can cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can put stresses on joints higher up the body and lead to other problems.

This high-tech scanner can help to detect abnormal foot function and, where required, allow your physiotherapist to prescribe custom-made orthotics (like in-soles) to relieve pain and correct imbalances.

The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics may begin with any of the following:

  • Painful feet
  • Bunions
  • Hammer toes
  • Arch or heel pain
  • Leg or knee pain
  • Hip or back pain

How does it work?

The gait scan is a piece of equipment which is used to assess pressure distribution through your feet when standing, walking or running across the pressure plate.

Thousands of tiny sensors capture the weight distribution and give your physiotherapist a clear picture of your foot mechanics, identifying the spread of force throughout the foot during each step, and highlighting any abnormalities. This information is then used by our physiotherapists to shape your treatment plan.

Gait Scan’s 2D and 3D imaging allows us to visually demonstrate and discuss any problems and can also show a patient’s progress when following treatment programmes.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics look like insoles but are bio-mechanical devices that are custom made to correct specific foot imbalances. Each patient who undergoes a gait scan is unique therefore the prescription the gait scanner generates will be equally unique to the individual.

How do orthotics help?

Placing orthotics in a shoe, trainer or boot corrects foot imbalances by gently and consistently encouraging them into the correct functioning position. Not only does it offer extra comfort for painful feet but it also helps to re-align the body’s natural posture taking pressure off of other joints and allowing you to return to the activities you enjoy.

To book a gait scan appointment with a physiotherapist, call 01277 266 780.

Patient testimonial

"I am indebted to this new technology. I had been suffering with ever increasingly painful feet for some 6 years." 

After having a gait scan at Spire Hartswood Hospital, Pamela was prescribed bespoke orthotics, allowing her to continue an active pain-free lifestyle. 

Read Pamela's story here.

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