Caring with Experience and Expertise

 

line decor
 
line decor

 
 
 
 

Plantar foot pressure measurement is used to:

•    Screen for elevated plantar pressure in those with sensory loss.

•    Observe effect of gait abnormalities on plantar pressures.

•    Detect effects of foot deformity on plantar pressures and assess pressures due to ray stiffness.

•   Measure the timing and the rates of loading on key anatomic sites.

•    Immediate determination of orthotic efficiency in protecting "at risk" areas in those feet at risk for ulceration.

•   "Fine tune" the effect of foot orthoses on force distribution under the foot in attempt to improve therapy and measure and better understand foot orthoses effects.

 

FootFacts
About 5 percent of the population has ingrown toenails or other toenail problems each year.

Research increasingly indicates that simply examining the static foot cannot always reliably help us to predict the foot's weight-bearing behavior. Most often we can get crude but sufficient information from observing how your foot and leg behave from watching you walk across a room a few times. If "eyeballing" your gait is inadequate we may use a digital gait system to improve our understanding of your problem to see how you body moves and what kind of forces are being exerted beneath the foot.

This kind of gait exam typically involves capturing computerised video recordings of you walking or running, and reviewing the motion of your entire body from optimal positions. We can then more effectively analyze key features which can be helpful understanding complex problems.

Further investigation may also involve synchronizing this pressure measurements by using force sensors underneath the foot. This additionally provides information about the timing, quantity and position of forces acting on the weight bearing areas.