Could Orthotics benefit you?
As stated by the Australian Podiatry Association, each foot has 25% of the bones in the body, 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The foot assists in cushioning and absorbing forces that travel up the leg during every step. It also helps to adapt to uneven surfaces.
Foot pain is highly prevalent in older people, and has a significant detrimental impact on mobility and quality of life. The Journal of Gerontology reports that with advancing age, there is a general tendency for the foot to exhibit increased stiffness, a decreased range of motion, a decrease in strength, for the foot to become flatter, and reduced efficiency in propulsion when walking or running. These changes may contribute to the development of foot pain, impair performance in weight-bearing activities, and increase the risk of falls.
Next Generation Physiotherapy recognises how the foot moves can influence the other joints of the leg, and the rest of the body. A ‘GaitScan’ plate (as pictured) has 4093 sensors and assists to provide a ‘big picture’ analysis of the influence the foot mechanics can have on the rest of the body. Often, weight is not equally dispersed on each foot, or the path that the foot should be traveling is often not when compared to the ‘ideal foot’. For instance, the root cause of knee, hip, or back pain might be from the foot.
Various conditions only are highlighted when the foot is moving, and similarly when the foot is stationary. The GaitScan plate recognises this, and the assessment is computed both dynamically and statically in the form of a comprehensive report.
This effective tool, in conjunction with the knowledge and the 17 years of experience that is offered by the sports physiotherapist, can assist in reducing foot symptoms and improving quality of life. A possible outcome may be corrective exercises and stretches. If further is required, to assist in changing the foot mechanics, an orthotic may be indicated. Using the comprehensive report and what the physiotherapist observes, customised orthotics are produced in a state-of-the-art lab.
To use the GaitScan assessment technology at Next Generation Physiotherapy, either book by calling 9203 7771 or on the website at: www.ngp.net.au. Please note, some time ago Robert had a stroke, someone additional is present to assist.
- Australian Podiatry Association, Anatomy, Bony Pelvis, and Lower Limb, Foot Joints: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK536941/
- The Journal of Gerontology, Foot disorders in the elderly: A mini-review: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0011502917301554