Video Gait Analysis

Assessing foot motion during the dynamic (walking) stages is essential to understanding the effect of foot mechanics and footwear. At Gait Way Podiatry we use an advanced form of video gait analysis to assist us in diagnosing complex motion related pathologies of the foot, ankle and knee.

There are three basic stages to the human gait cycle. At times it may be difficult to view all the details during a single consultation. However in saying that, if you cannot see it with the naked eye, it is not there. Video gait analysis allows a detailed review of the assessment once the patient has left the premises. It also enables the practitioner to make comparisons with previous capture. This information is extremely valuable and enables the Podiatrists to make an accurate diagnosis before recommending a specific treatment plan.

The outcome of gait analysis is used further to discuss and educate the patient regarding gait. We cannot see the way we walk. It makes it easier to understand a condition if you have seen it for yourself. The video analysis is also used to show the patient the before and after results, once the orthotic has been put into the shoe.

Video gait analysis is not done routinely with every assessment.

Ripple Effect Orthotics

Using 3D modelling software, we are able to design and produce our own customised orthotics here at Gait Way Podiatry.

It starts with a dynamic scan on a baropodometric platform to detect the patient’s foot loads and their posture during standing and walking.

The foot is then scanned with the 2D Podoscan, an electronic podoscope for acquiring the digital footprint.

The orthotic is constructed using the information gathered from the previous steps. The podiatrist’s preferences for control and accommodating features are then added. Following this, the orthotic is directly milled on our premises. It can be produced within 10 minutes however we will allow for a day to make it the best quality possible.

This direct milling allows for extreme accuracy for pressure redistribution for diabetic ulcers, which can allow for better wound healing. Tri-athletes and those competing in various levels of sport can now have the thinnest and most structured orthotics made to reduce the risk of injury or re-injury. By using this 3D modelling system, it means that the orthotics can be better fitted to your athletic footwear.

The benefits of the ripple effect system is the combination of three dimensional and two dimensional planes being superimposed to yield the ultimate foot bed for any foot function and shoe. This allows us to deliver a high quality product in half the time.

If you have any questions about this new service and how it works, please call us on (07) 3385 0567.