By Michael Hall
Walking, running and in fact every time you put your feet on the ground, involves a complex interaction of the joints, muscles and nervous system control of your whole body. It stands to reason therefore, that all injuries which involve having your feet on the ground especially foot pain problems and foot pain from walking, must involve an assessment of the activity as a whole as well as an examination of each muscle and joint involved in the process.
This is the physiotherapist advantage.
Physiotherapists can analyze your standing, walking and running as a whole as well as break each movement down to its component parts. Physiotherapists can assess the mobility of your joints, the strength of your muscles and the control of your movements enabling them to determine deficits and analyze causes.
Physiotherapists can then use “hands on” techniques to free up specific joints, loosen specific muscles and mobilize your nervous system, techniques all designed to create the optimal environment for healing. These techniques also make rehabilitative exercise more effective, which makes postural and movement correction more effective. Consequently, all the treatment that we perform at Bodywise Health is not just directed at getting your back, hip or knee better, but importantly directed at getting you back doing the things you love to do whether be hiking in the country, walking in the park or going for a run.
Up until this stage there have been two problems.
The first problem was that assessments of foot pain problems and foot pain when walking often weren’t optimally objective, often involving observation or even video-taping a person as they walked or ran on a treadmill. These assessments still involved estimates of the biomechanics of the body.
The second was that assessments simply weren’t relevant. A plaster cast was made of the feet in sitting or standing, which had absolutely no relevance to walking or running. Therefore this type of assessment couldn’t adequately provide a solution for leg and body problems associated with these activities.
Gait scan has now changed all of this. Now assessments of foot pain when walking are both relevant and objective. Gait scan scans each foot, measuring the amount and timing of pressure from each part of the foot at 300 times per second as you stand, squat or walk. This objective data has been validated and verified and an enormous data bank of information has been gathered in the 25 years it has been used in Canada. By comparing your gait scan data with the existing data and combining this with information gained through a clinical examination, accurate, objective clinical findings can be made not just for your foot, but for your knee, hip and even your back.
Gait scan is a fantastic tool for foot pain walking problems as it provides the objective clinical details needed to provide long term orthotic solutions for foot pain problems. These include problems such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs (pain on the under surface of the foot), hallux valgus (big toe pain), meta-tarsalgia (toe pain), mid-tarsal joint arthritis, chondromalacia patellae (knee cap pain), iliotibial band fasciitis (pain on the outside of the knee) and many others.
Gait scan orthotics permanently change the physical stresses on your body every time you stand. By doing this, they can permanently unload or eliminate the stresses on your painful body part, thereby providing permanent relief. Combined with “hands on” soft tissue and joint techniques as well as precise corrective muscle activation training, balance, walking/running and functional retraining, gait scan orthotics provide the ultimate in long term relief and improved physical performance of many activities.
Experience permanent relief, not just a quick fix
Gait scan orthotics permanently remove the physical stresses on your foot pain problems every time you stand, walk, squat, lunge and run, thereby providing you with permanent relief. Combined with “hands on” soft tissue and joint techniques as well as precise corrective muscle activation training, balance, walking and running retraining, gait scan orthotics provide the ultimate in long term relief from foot pain from walking as well as improved physical performance of many activities.
So if you experience foot pain problems, especially foot pain from walking or have long term foot, ankle, knee, hip or even back problems, gait scan orthotics may be the answer that you are looking for. They may save you months of therapy and years of pain.
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