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FootScan gait analysis and “phits” 3D printed orthotics

By September 6, 2022January 20th, 2023No Comments

Why have a biomechanical gait assessment using the FootScan?

How orthotics/insoles can help.

Foot, knee, hip and back pain is commonly a result of poor foot posture or lower limb mechanics.   A popular intervention to help correct these biomechanical issues and help alleviate pain is the use of bespoke foot orthotics (insoles).  A bespoke orthotic can alter the joint angle or bony position to realign and improve foot posture or lower limb alignment and hence improve muscular function.  An insole can offload an area of pressure or reduce strain in a muscle or tendon that is over worked.

Traditionally, orthotics can be prescribed by a Podiatrist using a foam impression box or plaster cast to provide the static foot shape, along with their visual interpretation of an individual’s gait using joint angles, foot posture and by assessing the patients’ symptoms and presenting problem.  However, times are changing…

Podiatry, Biomechanical Assessment using FootScan

Here at Fellows Podiatry, biomechanical gait analysis includes a footscan® assessment process, where the patient is required to complete a walking or running analysis over the high speed footscan® system.  This monitors/collects numeric data from the mechanics of their feet to identify any asymmetries or abnormalities, providing detailed information that simply cannot be seen with the human eye, or on a treadmill.

3D printed Phits orthtotics

The footscan® technology intuitively translates this dynamic data of pressure, force and impulse through the Phits orthotic software design to complement the knowledge of the podiatrist.  3D printing have also provided huge clinical advantages over traditional orthotics, including directional and localised stiffness to cater for the individual’s unique foot structure and movement.   This is a major factor in making Phits insoles stand out above the traditional manufacturing process.  No extra bits stuck on an insole or bulky additions to achieve the ideal foot posture.

Phits are also less than half the weight, accurate to within 0.1mm and exact replicas can be produced if required.  100% repeatable and bespoke. They are protected by D3O®, the leading impact protection material, which offers maximal shock absorption, comfort and extreme durability.  All prescription alterations are within the shell of the insole which reduces bulk and they can be put into most footwear types.

If you would like more information about Phits 3D printed insoles and would benefit from a biomechanical assessment with the Footscan analysis, please contact me or book directly via the website.  Fellows Podiatry has helped hundreds of patients across Wirral and Cheshire to stay pain free whilst walking, running, ice-skating, horse riding, playing squash, tennis and much more. Whether you suffer with foot pain, heel pain, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, a biomechanical assessment might be the answer.