Posts for tag: biomechanics
For the last several years Marilyn and myself have been fortunate enough to be invited by Dr. Chris MacClean and Paris Orthotics to join them for their annual educational seminar hosted here in Oakville, Ontario. Last night was one such event and as per usual Chris gave his enlightening and thought provoking perspective as a expert in human biomechanics and research. Sometimes as clinical specialists, it is hard to step back and examine what we do in the same purely scientific method that such experts are forced to do. Their observations are vital to enable us to fine tune what we do in the clinical setting and how we can best direct our custom orthotic manufacturer to enhance the benefit to our patients.
We are fortunate enough to have a group practice where regularly we can consult with each other in complicated and challanging cases. For those without such a luxury it is vital to have have a partnership with an orthotic laboratory that has on staff, individuals like Dr. MacClean who can act as that necessary source of council.
Once again my thanks to Paris Orthotics and to Dr. MacClean, and congratulations for having the vision and desire to bring presentations like this to us practitioners in the comunity.
We are very excited to report that very soon we will bring some very new technology online at our Mississauga and Brantford office locations. Not only is this a first for us, but this is brand new to Ontario and in fact most parts of Canada.
This Pedigait system will and has proven invaluable as a clinical diagnostic aide replacing previous attempts to assess patient gait and locomation in a busy office settting. The advantage of this system is that dynamic foot function can be viewed and captured by Four high speed digital cameras similtaniously. The Podiatrist can then review the images in crystal clear slow motion later, consult with other specialists if necessary, and compare to previous video captures of the same individual. The most important of all uses, is that these amazing four views can be utilized during consultion to give patients a clear understanding and vision of their funtional problem and how it is effecting their gait. Previously we have been forced to rely on the ability of the practioner to describe the functional anomally using xrays and foot models to illustrate their complexity and severity.
We look forward to our ongoing relationships with the visionary staff at Pedi Technology in Montreal, and commend them on the terriffic advancements the have achieved over the last few years. We will continue with a handful of other Podiatrists and Chiropodists to develop the clinical applications of this technology and with Pedi make refinements.
For clinical practioners keen to view this technology in action or avail of its potential benifits for your own patients then please contact our offices and we advise you of a clinical location close to you where the systems are in place.