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Orthotics North Sydney are available for assessment and purchase at the Physicaltherapy Centre. Gait Scan Technology is a state of the art diagnostic tool and digital casting device that allows practitioners to analyse patient biomechanics and order custom orthotic products. This state of the art technology, developed by The Orthotic Group in Canada, eliminates any human error that is typical during traditional orthotic fittings. Rather than using dated plaster of Paris castings as the mould for orthotic design, Gait Scan Technology designs an orthotic using digital data gathered during a dynamic assessment of the patient’s foot biomechanics.

This is an important distinction between Gait Scan Technology and other digital orthotic design technologies. Other technologies typically have the patient standing stationary on a footplate whilst a digital scan of their feet is taken. The orthotics North Sydney is designed based on how one stands during static posture. By comparison, Gait Scan technology has the patient walk or run across a gait plate analysing the biomechanics of the feet whilst in motion. The design of the orthotic is thus better tailored to the movements of the feet most likely during a patient’s chosen activity.

A common question patients ask when consider using orthotics is, “I’m concerned I’m going to become dependent on the use of these orthotics for life, is this true.” The answer is complicated one. First of all, nobody has a perfectly functioning foot. There will be many people out there who have excellent foot biomechanics, and thus have very little reason to use them, but it’s unlikely those people have feet which function 100% problem free under load. Conversely, there are many people who suffer foot pain, knee pain and other lower limb conditions related to aberrant foot joint biomechanics. Expert manual therapy combined with intrinsic foot muscle exercises can negate the need for orthotics, although this required a lot of commitment. There is always the risk, that aberrant joint biomechanics will return in the event of self-management falling by the wayside.

In summary, people are no more dependent on wearing orthotics, than they are dependent on wearing shoes. In other words, if you’re going to use footwear, you may as well take advantage of an orthotic to enhance your foot joint biomechanics.

If I had the time I’d be doing perhaps three other degrees. Using Gait Scan has fast tracked me to becoming as good as any podiatrist in assessing foot biomechanics and orthotic design. This equipment eliminates any human error. Patients see and understand their foot faults and how they can be corrected right before their very eyes. Gait Scan is a no brainer for elite sports people and those suffering foot and back pain. — Tom