You would be amazed at the huge impact that your feet can have on the rest of your body. A small problem in your foot causing a subtle change in the way you walk can cause a chain reaction throughout the rest of your body. It can alter the mechanics of your movement, your posture, and your muscle balance.
Poor foot biomechanics can cause many symptoms, including:
- Foot pain
- Arch pain
- Heel pain
- Leg or knee pain
- Back pain
- Hip pain
- Bunions or hammer toes
Unlike some parts of the body, foot biomechanics can rarely be corrected with exercises or hands-on physiotherapy alone. Custom orthotics have been shown to correct the biomechanical issues, relieve your pain, and improve your posture and balance.
Artius is able to offer you an innovative diagnostic tool and digital casting device that is GaitScanTM to allow our physiotherapists to analyse your foot biomechanics. It does this by using an array of thousands of sensors within a pressure sensitive plate to capture your foot’s distribution of pressure over time. This scan produces 2D and 3D visual representations that can be analysed to detect abnormal foot biomechanics, or even knee and hip problems!
Your Artius Physiotherapist will analyse your scans and discuss your results with you in full. They can help determine whether custom orthotics would benefit you and, if required, order them directly through the GaitScanTM laboratory. These orthotics are custom made in Canada having been manufactured specifically for your feet. They only take 2-3 weeks to be produced and delivered ensuring that you can start using them as soon as possible.
Should I have a GaitScanTM?
We recommend a GaitScanTM assessment for those that have:
- Foot pain, particularly when they are sore on a regular basis
- Pain in your knees
- To spend long periods of time on your feet, either standing or walking
- Play sport regularly, especially those that involve running
- Knee, ankle or hip pain with standing, walking or running
- One leg shorter than the other, even if by only a small amount
- Knock-knees or bow legs
- Shoes that wear out quickly and/or unevenly
Take the next step
If you would like to speak to someone or organise an appointment for a GaitScanTM, contact us today.