Digital Scanning for Orthotics and Gait Analysis
Sometimes the way people walk or stand is sub optimal. Arches may fall in or sit too high, or there could be too much pressure in one area or another. Over time, these problems can cause complications for your foot structures that lead to pain. Fortunately, the doctors at Dallas Podiatry Works are experienced in studying your foot’s structure, both when standing still and when moving, and how each affects you. As time has gone on, new technologies have arisen to make these analyses and diagnoses even more accurate using digital scanning technology for orthotics and gait study.
Digital Technology Advancing Orthotics
Prescription orthotics are specially made, inserts designed to provide support, accommodate deformity, offload and cushion high pressure regions on your feet. Creating these unique pieces is generally achieved by taking a plaster casting of your foot, which can be messy and takes time. Digital scanning now represents the state of the art. Drs. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt no longer have to rely on casting to be able to assess and design custom orthotics that fit your individual needs.
Scans of your feet are taken while walking and while at rest to get an accurate picture of your foot biomechanics and structure, as well as the corrected position the doctor wants for your foot. The physicians then use the scans to build your custom orthotic devices.
Digital Gait Analysis
Gait analysis is the study of human locomotion. Experts like Drs. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt study your feet and your stride as you walk and run to determine if there are any correctable anomalies in your feet, ankles or legs that could result painful conditions. Technology has advanced to help make more accurate analyses, allowing the experts to better diagnose and treat problems. Digital scanning techniques compile information about your foot and ankle mechanics while moving and help the doctors determine if your footfalls are correct. If your feet or ankles roll in (pronate) or roll out (supinate), this can cause abnormal regions of stress resulting in pain. Once you have learned more about your particular gait patterns, the doctors can work with you to develop a plan to support your feet, whether through orthotics or gait training, to eliminate pain and reduce risk of injury.
Don't ignore your foot and ankle pain. Increasingly accurate and advanced digital technology makes it easier to asses, diagnose, and develop a plan to treat your feet. Digital scanners can help the doctors assess your individual biomechanics and gait patterns so that a customized remedy can be developed to address your unique needs. So don’t wait any longer to address your needs. Contact Dallas Podiatry Works for an appointment or more information. You can reach our office by calling either of our two Texas locations—(972) 566-7474 for the Dallas office; (972) 943-3323 for the Plano location—or by visiting the website contact page.