Gait scan service at Spire Norwich Hospital

The average person takes around 8,000 steps every day, that's an estimated four times around the world in a lifetime -covering this distance probably indicates an occasional foot check-up might be in order. Over one quarter of people in the UK have an annual check up with their optician and receive a personally tailored prescription. Did you know the same level of personally tailored bespoke prescription is also available for your feet?

Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Similar to the foundations of a house supporting everything above it, your feet do the same for your body. If your foot has even a minor problem a subtle change in stance may cause a chain reaction to alter your posture, walking pattern and potentially cause additional 'wear and tear' on joints, ligaments and muscles.

How does a gait scan work?

Your foot is in contact with the ground for around 0.8 of a second when walking and 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. The gait scan records your gait (manner of walking) as you walk or run across a pressure plate. This enables your physiotherapist to have a clear picture of the mechanics of your foot and determine whether you would benefit from tailored exercises and maybe orthotics.

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 counter your specific imbalance.

How do orthotics work?

Placing orthotics in a shoe, trainer or boot allows the restoration of the normal balance and alignment of your body by correcting foot abnormalities. This may be achieved by offering more arch support for a flat footed person or more shock absorption for a high arch footed individual. The result is over time the orthotics can provide relief from fatigue and pain and allow you to return to the activities you enjoy.

For more information about gait scanning or to make a private appointment please contact one of the team on 01603 255 587 or complete the enquiry form on the right-hand side of this page.

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