What are orthotics?
The orthotist-prothetist plays a key role in the rehabilitation process. He intervenes when a client requires the use of a brace or a prosthetic device following the doctor’s recommendation. The orthotist-prothetist follows the doctor’s referral to fabricate and/or adjust the orthotics, brace or prosthetic device to best suit the needs of the patient.
The orthotist-prothetist has knowledge in the area of biomechanics as well as in the different resistive materials, which gives him a certain expertise in the fabrication of functional and quality orthopedic braces. The prosthesis and orthosis are custom made for each patient in order to respect their individual needs.
What is Gaitscan™?
Our GaitScan™ System is a revolutionary diagnostic tool for assessing your patient’s biomechanics. GaitScan™ has an industry high 4096 sensors and scans at an industry high 300Hz (scans per second). These measurements provide today’s Healthcare Professionals with a sophisticated explanation of foot mechanics and assists them with orthotic and/or shoe solutions.
TOG GaitScan™ is the most technologically advanced gait analysis system available and it has been designed to move you to the forefront of orthotic therapy and patient education.
Who should have a Gaitscan™?
The Gaitscan™ system helps our physio’s to provide you with the highest quality effective care for many situations such as;
- Feet that are sore on a regular basis eg pain under your heel (plantar fasciitis),
- If you have pain in your knees or Achilles tendon (back of your ankle),
- If you spend a good portion of your day standing or walking on hard surfaces,
- You play sport regularly, especially running sports,
- Standing, walking or running gives you joint pain (ankles, knees or hip),
- You have visible foot problems (bunions, fallen arches, corns, etc),
- One of your legs is shorter than the other,
- You have knock-knees or bow legs,
- Your shoes wear out quickly or unevenly,
- Your feet “toe out” when you walk,
- Your parents had foot related problems.
How your Gaitscan™ assessment works
- Scanning your Foot
as you walk across the electronic pressure-sensitive plate thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure of your foot over time.
- Mapping your Foot Pressure
From your scan, the computer displays 2D and 3D visual representations of the pressure under your foot.
- Your reports are printed and compared
Your scan information is presented in a series of reports that will be compared to an “ideal” foot scan. Your physio will print these out for you to keep, discuss them with you, and interpret deviations from normal movement. The report findings enable your physio to evaluate if the pain you are experiencing is related to faulty foot function, and if so, how best to correct it.
- Do you need orthotics?
The information from these reports will allow your physio when determine if you need orthotic therapy, and they will discuss the reasons for this with you.
- Your scan data is sent directly to the orthotics laboratory
If it is determined that you will benefit from custom orthotics your information is sent to the lab to have custom made orthotics manufactured specially for your feet. You will have your new orthotics in about 3 weeks from the time your scan data is sent.