Foot Exam – Vancouver Orthotics
At Burrard Orthotics and Orthopedic Shoes Vancouver, we use the latest computerized diagnostic gait scan to exam and analyze the bio-mechanics of your feet. After visual examination of your feet, we use the gait scan for a more comprehensive examination. The software has many features and capabilities which makes manufacturing custom foot orthotics extremely accurate. The gait scan analyzes static (the way you stand) form and dynamic (the way you walk or run) form of your feet, together this will provide a great understanding of how your feet are performing. This is extremely helpful in finding and correcting the problem areas in your feet and gait, knees and hips. The gait scan is very efficient and critical in making the perfect custom foot orthotics.
By walking on the gait plate (dynamic), we collect and visualize data on pressure points, pronation, supination, and toe in-out, flattening of foot arches, plantar pressure, during heel strike, foot flat, mid stance and toe off phase of gait. The impressions are in real time and can be seen in 2D and 3D composite form and image. This information is very useful when it comes to manufacturing perfect custom foot orthotics.
By standing on the gait plate (static), we collect and visualize data on pressure points, pronation or supination, foot length discrepancies, toe in-out, bunion formation, flat and high arches and more. This information is very useful when it comes to manufacturing the best fitting custom foot orthotics
Both static and dynamic data can be and will be printed for the patient and transmitted to the custom foot orthotic laboratory. Each report provides crucial information to the practitioner and to the laboratory which are critical and important in making the best fitting custom foot orthotics.
After assessment, examination and gait analysis comes casting or molding of your feet. This part of the visit to your specialist is very critical to get orthotics right. At this stage you are lying down to have your feet at a non-weight bearing position. Your doctor will place each foot to its neutral and non-weight bearing position to capture the perfect form of each foot and mold each foot using PLASTER bandages, NOT a foam box.
A cast is a plaster impression of your foot. It must be made to exacting standards. Pre-made or off-the-shelf orthotics are generally ill fitting and can often cause ineffective treatment and discomfort. By having a prescription cast this will guarantee an accurate orthotics every time.
After thorough visual examination and collecting data using the gait scan, a 3D volumetric non-weight bearing impression of patient’s feet will be taken, the plaster casts along with the collected data from the gait scan will be sent to the custom foot orthotics laboratory. After 2-3 weeks of working on the casts, the custom foot orthotics will be shipped back to us to be forwarded to the patient.