What is Gaitscan?
Orthotics are devices worn in your shoes that provide correction to your feet, helping them to function more efficiently. Poor foot function and alignment may be the cause of various pains such as foot, knee, hip and back pain.
We facilitate custom fitted orthotic prescription for our patients through Elite Feet Orthotics, located in the West Perth facility. Foot Specialist and Leading Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Ben Hewitt, supplies this cutting edge service using “Gaitscan” computer technology. Conveniently we can arrange an appointment for this service without a referral.
Gaitscan is a state of the art computer hardware and software system that helps assess and analyze your feet. This analysis combined with our experience and knowledge detects abnormal foot function which may be affecting other parts of your body.
Despite the vital role of foot mechanics in good health, until very recently there has been no way of accurately measuring how the foot functions as we walk.
The foot is in contact with the ground for about 0.8 seconds when walking and about 0.25 seconds when running, far too fast to determine normal or abnormal foot function with the naked eye, even for the most experienced practitioner.
Custom orthotics have been used to control foot function for many years, but their prescription has relied on outdated methods of assessment like plaster casts and video (walking) analysis. These assessment methods are not able to correctly determine how the foot functions as we walk and so are not fully accurate in diagnosis and treatment.