Posts for tag: gait analysis
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.
Its been a really long and terrific Spring and Summer here in southern Ontario, and over the course of that time we have dispensed quite a few custom orthotic sandals to patients who had previously been wearing our orthotic devices in their shoes. All along we had stressed that functionally these would NOT be!, NORE were they intended to be! substitutes for their existing control combination of custom orthotic and enclosed stable footwear. OK perhaps we went overboard a bit, but we were keen that our patients understood our desires for them to have the best possible control, as much of the time as they were physically active.
Anyway we were getting great feed back on follow up checks on these orthotic devices/sandals. Not just how neat they were, or how cool they looked, but actual complements on how good their feet felt and how long they were wearing them. One of the most frequent observations was that patients were looking forward to using them in place of indoor shoes or slippers during the cooler months, Not that those will ever return.
In light of this we decided to use our pedigait technology to investigate what if anything these devices would do to for individuals who due to structural misalignments are forced to pronate heavily during locomotion. The following video demonstrates the overwhelming results very clearly. My apologies for the editing of the commentary and the hand held video of the pedigait software comparing the two synchronized images. In real time it is so clear and compelling i had to try and at least capture it. Promise i will try and do similar comparisons in future presentations with greater clarity.
Back in March of this year in a previous blog we announced that we were introducing some further advancements in technology to our clinical practice, namely that of the Pedi-Gait system from Peditechnology. Some two months down the road we are delighted with the benefits this has brought to our Patients in our Brantford and Mississauga location. To better illustrate some the less technological and more clinical features of this system we have created and uploaded a short video to YouTube. For those of you more technologically savy than others you can follow this Peditech link to the industry video which focus more on the professional user.
Regardless we hope this will continue to prove to be a huge benefit to both our patients and all our practioners. For our existing patients returning in the future to address new structural and funtional concerns we will be incorporating this diagnostic tool into your care to better understand and treat your problems.