GaitScan is a new high tech scanner which started life in BBC’s Dragons Den and could help many people with various sports injuries, lower limb and feet problems is now available at Spire Wellesley Hospital.
GaitScan enables your physiotherapist to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics
The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics may begin with any of the following:
- Localised foot pain
- Bunions, hammer toes
- Arch or heel pain
- Leg or knee pain
- Hip or back pain
Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can put stresses on joints higher up in your body and lead to more serious problems
Your foot is in contact with the ground for about 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! This is too difficult even for the most experienced practitioner. The GaitScan records your timing sequences during gait as you walk or run across the pressure plate. This enables your physiotherapist to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics and determine whether you would benefit from exercises and maybe orthotics.
How does the scan work?
- It scans the foot as you walk across the pressure plate, thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure of your foot over time.
- It maps your step, the computer displays 2D and 3D visual images of the pressure under your foot. You can see where you have too much or too little pressure.
- Prints a report summarising the information, this helps the physiotherapist evaluate your foot function and determine whether the pain you are experiencing is related to faulty foot function.
- And will determine the need for a specific exercise programme and the possible need for orthotics.
How do orthotics help?
Your feet are the foundation of your entire body. They do an incredible amount of work each day. The smallest imbalance can cause a great deal of discomfort but properly fitted orthotics help restore the normal balance and alignment of your body and bring relief from fatigue and pain. Orthotics are so comfortable and help your feet work so naturally that you will want to wear them as much as possible.
The wearing of orthotics
In your shoes your feet rest comfortably on the orthotics. Your feet are gently and consistently forced into the correct functioning position for walking, running and standing. Pressure points, improper rotation of the foot, painful muscle strain and abnormal forces on the legs, hips, and spine are the eliminated because orthotics enable your feet to function properly.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Physiotherapy department on 01702 447 904, or make an online enquiry.
The Spire Wellesley Hospital also gives you easy access to expert consultants, X-Rays and ultrasound scans, and state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanning facilities.