Posts for tag: langer biomechanics
Here is a really interesting piece on new developments in the foot medicine field.Unfortunatly due to cost this particular technology will likely only be available in research institutions.
The technology combines the unique capabilities of 2D xrays with 3D imagining. It unfortunately does not allow for the image to be delivered in a dynamic mode. That`s to say we cannot see inside the foot while someone is walking.
In our clinical practice we try to achieve the greatest level of diagnosis and understanding utilizing 2D X-rays and dynamic H-definition video gait analysis using our Pedigait technology.
Hopefully further research utilizing this new system will continue to expand our knowledge and diagnostic capability for those of us in clinical situations.
Back at the end of June we finally had chance to do a show on Plantar Fasciitis with Inside Brant host Ted Lehman. Interestingly he was not only the host but the subject of the show, or rather his feet were. In this episode get to review his physical exam, X-rays, video gait analysis and demonstrate the functional instability that caused his chronic heel pain. We also review his treatment plan of good structural foot wear, combined with custom functional orthotic devices. The most important point of all this is that he clearly understands the source of his problem and as a result is an active participant in healing himself. No pun intended Ted!!.
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.