Foot Scanning Technology
Foot Scanning and Gait Analysis. We have invested in the very latest equipment and software that can analyse your gait (walking pattern). Prescription orthotics (biomechanical medical appliances) can make corrections that will save you from pains in your feet, legs and back!
Our specialist scanning equipment and knowledge means we can swiftly return you to a pain-free lifestyle.
Many also now realise that for the orthotic to work efficiently and to its full potential, the accompanying prescription that requests the corrective measures needed on the orthotic must be made by a practitioner that has a full working knowledge of the foot and lower limb.
So whether you are a Professional Sportsman, Sunday fun runner or someone with a painful foot condition such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain, ankle, leg, hip, foot related back pain or any other foot condition that is affecting your quality of life:
Make an appointment, come to the surgery and have an initial consultation and assessment of your condition to establish a diagnosis and we will explain all the options you have available to treat your condition.
Then YOU CHOOSE the option that suits your needs and restore your pain free lifestyle as soon as possible.
3D Optical Laser Scanner
In line with our continual review and research of the latest techniques and innovations that constantly become available in the podiatry profession, we have for some time been looking at a new type of scanning system “3D optical laser scanning” to work in conjunction with our existing “vertical loading pressure analysis, Gait Scan system” We think we have now found that in the “Sharp Shape 3D Optical Laser Scanner”
The Laser scans the foot with a red laser to capture a 3 dimensional image and measures the foots contours and dimensions exactly which can then be sent to an orthotic laboratory accompanied by the prescription from the podiatrist where your orthotics are manufactured to what is exactly the right prescription for your feet to treat your foot condition and resolve your pain as soon as possible.
We have also forged a partnership with a new orthotic laboratory “foothealth orthotics” who are an established orthotic laboratory in Southern Ireland that have recently relocated, and made their head office in the UK opening a new laboratory here as well.
“ Foothealth Orthotics” are fully conversant in the manufacture of prescription orthotics and laser scanning and produce top quality orthotics.
This is a valuable addition to our existing Gait Scan laboratory. The use of both of these laboratories gives us more options in prescription and manufacture to make sure our orthotics are exactly the right choice for you.
The key to better health might be correcting the structural problems in your feet!
What your feet have to do with it.
Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These adjustments can put stress on joints higher up your body, and lead to more serious problems.
We have invested in the very latest equipment and software that can analyze your gait (walking pattern). Prescription orthotics (biomechanical medical appliances) can be made as a result that make corrections that will save you from pains.
Research has shown that 60 – 70% of people have abnormally functioning feet.
Structural problems in your feet can alter your walking pattern and cause pain throughout your body. Our state-of-the-art equipment can evaluate the way you walk (gait analysis) and determine if you are a candidate for prescription foot orthotics. A Computerised Gait Scan enhances our assessment of your feet and helps you understand how prescription orthotics work to restore proper foot function and relieve discomfort.
What are prescription foot orthotics?
Custom-made foot orthotics are devices worn in your shoes that provide correction and assistance to your feet, helping them to perform in a more efficient manner. Poor foot function may be the cause of pain you are experiencing in your feet, knees, hips or back.
Prescription orthotics can help relieve your discomfort by realigning and stabilizing the bones in your feet, in turn restoring your natural walking pattern.
What is a computerised Gait Scan?
A computerised Gait Scan is a pressure plate that is attached to a computer, The technology assists us in analysing your gait and detecting unusual foot function which may be affecting the rest of your body.
How does a computerised Gait Scan work?
1. Scans Foot
As you walk across the plate, thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure throughout the sole of your foot over time.
2. Maps Foot Pressure
From your step the computer then displays on it’s screen, 2-D and 3-D visual representations of the pressures under your feet.
3. Prints Report
This information is also summarized in an analysis report that can be printed for you to see. The report findings will help us evaluate your foot function and determine if the symptoms you are experiencing are related to faulty foot mechanics.
4. Determines the need for Orthotic Therapy
This information will assist in determining the need for orthotic therapy, and will aid the lab in manufacturing orthotics to support your feet.
Many practitioners in disciplines other that Podiatry such as Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors and indeed other Podiatrists refer patients to Derek Harland as they are realising the benefits prescription orthotics can have in their treatment plan of a patient.
The scanning appointment if required should last for around one hour to ensure that all the relevant information is collated, analysed and explained to you after which you will be given copies of your scans to keep for your records