Posts for tag: video gait analysis
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.
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.