What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are custom-made inner soles that fit comfortably inside your shoes. Their roles are to correct various biomechanical abnormalities in the feet by realigning and stabilising the bones, and therefore reduce the stress and strain on your body. They help improve walking and running patterns, and can play a valuable role in the prevention and long-term management of many lower limb disorders.
Conditions that may be improved by the use of orthotics
- Runner’s knee
- Shin splints
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Heel spur/plantar fasciitis
- Sacroiliac syndrome
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome
- Footpain such as Morton’s neuroma, Metarsalgia
- Flat feet
What is GaitScan™?
Our GaitScan™ System is a revolutionary diagnostic tool that allows practitioners to digitally map foot pressures during walking and running. Its computer software analyses the data collected from a pressure sensitive foot plate that you walk or run across. TOG GaitScan™ allows advanced gait analysis and can also be used to prescribe custom orthotics that help correct many biomechanical abnormalities arising from the feet.
How does GaitScan™ work?
1. Scans the foot
As you walk across the pressure plate, thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure on your foot over time
2. Maps foot pressure
From your step, the computer displays 2D and 3D visual representations of the pressure under your foot. You can see where you have too much or too little pressure
3. Prints a report
The information is then summarised in a report that can be printed for you and your health care practitioner to see. The report findings will help your practitioner evaluate your foot function and determine if the pain you are experiencing is related to faulty foot function
4. Determines the need for Orthotic Therapy
Your practitioner will determine whether custom orthotics will be necessary for your condition
5. Sends data to the laboratory
This information can then be sent to The Orthotic Group™ via email for further analysis if required and if a pair of orthotics are clinically indicated, these measurements are used to make the correctly shaped orthotic for you.
Did you know?
- A small abnormality in foot function can have a large impact on joints higher up in the body, causing pain and discomfort to your knees, hips and lower back.
- When you are walking, the ground reaction forces on your feet are greater than your body weight. With increases in walking speed and running, this force can multiply to three to four times your body weight.
- An average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day! This adds up to millions of steps in a lifetime. This results in a lot of impact on not only your feet, but the rest of your body.
- It is therefore important that the alignment of the feet is optimal to reduce the long term consequences of repetitive loading on the body.
- More than 75% of people will experience foot problems in their lifetime.
For more information, please visit The Orthotic Group website