Your Foot Health

Your body is a complex biomechanical structure and your feet are the foundation of that structure. When there are problems at the foundation, it affects your entire body. Foot-related pain and biomechanical instability can affect the way you walk and stand, which can often lead to pain in your ankles, knees, hips and back. When your foundation is correctly supported, aligned and cushioned, it starts a chain reaction of pain relief throughout your entire body.

If you are experiencing foot pain your footwear should be examined to ensure there is a proper fit. Improperly fitting footwear can not only be the source of most minor foot ailments, but can also exacerbate more serious, existing problems.

Pressure plate analysis or foot pressure mapping allows data to be analysed and gives an accurate picture of the relationship between your foot and the ground. If a problem is detected by the scanner, a solution can be formulated which may either correct or accommodate a biomechanical foot problem, by making orthotics, or innersoles specific to your foot pathology.

What are digital orthotics?

The 3D foot scan allows the practitioner to take an accurate image of your foot.

A high performance motion analysis device : The 12288 sensors on the Win-Track register foot pressure at a sampling rate up to 200 images per second during stance, walking, gait, or specific activities. (sport movements & postural sequence)

Computer aided design (CAD) technology is used to perform precision corrections. This technology replaces manual plaster work while still servicing traditional prescription variables. Once the feet have been scanned (a simple process of standing or walking over a digital plate on the floor), the data is analysed by the Orthotist, and is re-worked into a digital image of the feet. This information is combined in the CAD software to generated “virtual positive”. Your prescription variables are applied to the “virtual positive” and computer aided manufacture is utilised to produce custom orthotics to your exact design specifications.

THIS METHOD TAKES ELIMINATES THE GUESS-WORK BY ACCURATELY ANALYSING FOOT CONTACT AND GROUND REACTION FORCE.

Once the design process is complete the finished file is sent to the milling machine to manufacture your custom-made pair of orthotics.

REPEAT SCRIPTS: The digital information is stored forever – no heavy , bulky casts which take up space in your cupboard for years and years!  You can quickly get a repeat script made to suit your other shoes without the need to re-scan or visit your practitioner.  We can also make small modifications should you experience discomfort and re-make your pair.  A new scan can be done annually, to detect if there is a change in your condition, or if new foot problems arise.

Are You At Risk?

Adults over 20

1.Do you stand or walk on hard surfaces for more than 4 hours daily?

2.Do you have ‘burning’ or acute foot pain when you get out of bed in the morning?

3.Do you participate regularly in any physical sport (running/jogging, soccer, tennis, golf, bowling, etc.)?

4.Are you age 40 or over?

5.Have you had a prior knee injury, back injury, or neck injury?

6.Do your shoes wear unevenly?

7.Do you have joint pain while standing, walking, or running?

8.Is one of your legs shorter than the other?

9.Do you have knock knees or bow legs?

10.Do you have obvious foot problems (bunions, corns, flat feet, etc.)?

11.Do your feet “toe out” when you’re walking?

12.Have you been told that you “pronate” or “supinate” your feet?

13.Have you been told you have “flat-feet” or “high arches”?

14.Are you Diabetic and have reduced or no sensation in your feet?

Kiddies and young adults:

Does your child complain about:

  1. Sore heels , particularly after running sports?
  2. ‘Shin-splints’ after or during soccer, tennis or other running sports?
  3. Knee pain , especially after or during cycling, climbing up or down stairs, or just intermittent knee pain (pain behind/under the knee cap).
  4. Has someone told you that your child ‘pronates’ or ‘supinates’ his/her feet?

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Not really. Innersoles can generally be bought over the counter and are not specific to a biomechanical foot or ankle problem. They are commonly used for comfort – like ‘foot-beds’. Orthotics are custom made, and are designed to either correct a biomechanical instability, or prevent gait problems or foot pain (such as Plantar fasciitis etc.)

Traditional methods are “just watching a person walking/running up and down”. We now use a digital pressure plate scanning device. This measures the relationship between the feet and the ground. The pressure sensors in the pressure plate detect micro movement between the joints of the feet as well as the amount of pressure being taken by the bones and joints of the feet. The device records all this data for analysis. If there are any pressure or motion defects, these can be corrected or accommodated by custom made corrective or accommodative foot orthotics.

The orthotics cannot take away the arthritis; however, they can re-align the knee/s and re-distribute the pressure going through the knees. This helps to unload the affected ‘compartment’ of the knee/s and helps to reduce pain.