Posts for: December, 2016
Treating an array of problems of the foot and ankle at our practice, we put the best of technology to work in diagnosing many biomechanical injuries and abnormalities that cause pain and discomfort when walking or running.
After extensive research and new advances in podiatric technology, there are now faster and more accurate ways to asses a patient's feet and administer the most appropriate treatment. In fact, many foot problems can be treated most effectively by addressing their mechanical function, and at our practice, we offer our new Computerized Gait Analysis technology that helps us identify biomechanical faults faster and more accurately than ever.
Assessing Your Gait
Our Computerized Gait Analysis is an advanced method used to assess the way an individual walks or runs to highlight biomechanical abnormalities. While many of these common problems are treatable with modern medicine, assessing motion, and more specifically how you walk, has been limited until the recent development of the Computerized Gait Analysis.
A Computerized Gait Analysis uses pressure mapping technology to identify pressure points in the feet as a patient walks or runs. We can observe and analyze the way an individual moves, looking in particular at the feet, ankles, knees and hips to determine the problem. This can then be relayed to a computer screen where slow motion and freeze frames can be used to carefully assess your running or walking style. By assessing the condition in the actual environment that causes that particular problem, we can actually identify what is happening while you walk and give you the best treatment for your condition based on this data.
By analyzing the mechanics of a patient's stance, postural alignment and flexibility of the hips and back, recommendations can be made for orthotics, shoe modifications or a course of physical therapy designed to strengthen core muscles. Many times, with the right treatment, surgery can be avoided, thus diminishing the recovery time from a variety of injuries or disorders. With the new foot pressure measurement technology, our office can identify foot abnormalities more accurately than ever before.
Your feet are the foundation of your entire body, supporting you when you stand, walk and run. But when your feet are functioning poorly, signs and symptoms of altered biomechanics usually result in pain, instability and poor performance.
The good news is that a custom-made orthotic can relieve your chronic foot pain by supporting the bone structures of your feet, allowing these structures to work together properly. Orthotics help correct structural problems and conditions, such as heel pain and plantar fasciitis, arch pain, pain related to diabetes or age and many other foot pains related to bunions, sprains and other conditions.
State-of-the-Art Foot Scanners
Now when patients come into our office, we can use our state-of-the-art foot scanner to provide a dynamic, biomechanic assessment of the foot. Our new foot scanning technology offers precise mapping of the contours of the feet, resulting in a more accurate orthotic fitting for each patient. The process is extremely fast and accurate. Using this advanced technology, we can create the most comfortable and suitable solution for the correction of your feet.
If you are experiencing foot pain or instability, visit our office for a thorough biomechanical assessment. After an evaluation of your foot, we can use our advanced foot scanning system to manufacture the best orthotic specifically for you and your feet.
If your feet hurt, your entire body hurts. Our goal is to design and fabricate the most effective custom orthotic devices to help relieve your pain and get you on the road to recovery!