In- shoe pressure analysis and biomechanical assessment

 

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What is in-shoe pressure analysis used for?


In-shoe pressure analyis is a useful tool as part of any biomechanical assessment to understand why a patient may have a biomechanical issue. The level of force going through the foot as well as the length of time a particular area helps understand what happens during a patients gait cycle. it is also useul to understand as part of our static analysis whether certain partd of the foot and ankle are pre-disposed to overloading or excessive pressure.


Our uique equiment and experience of pressure study analysis helps in successfully diagnosing many biomechanical issues and when structures in the foot, ankle an dknee may be pre-disposed to excessive stress.


Even more unique is the fact that The Treatment Hub & Sport Orthotics team are the only custom orthotic manufacturers UK to not only use in-shoe pressure analysis in our biomechanical assessment, but we can also embed these pressure sensors in our custom orthotics. 


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Pressure sensors being embedded into our custom orthotics manufacturing

The Treatment Hub  and the Sport Orthotics team have the ability to undertake in-shoe pressure studies as part of our biomechanical assessment in both biomechnanics clinics in Hamlton and Glasgow. 


Why is in-shoe pressure analysis more accurate than other systems?


Other clinics do also undertake pressure studies as part of their biomechanical assessment, but they normally require you to walk on a mat or platform. In reality means that the patient is required to hit the "pressure mat" perfectly to obtain a pressure reading. As a result of this patients often modify their walk to ensure they hit the pressure mat, which means it becomes questionable that the gait is accurate.


The other problem with pressure mats, is that when wearing shoes it is not possible to accurately measure the forces being applied on the foot with shoes on. As such you cannot accurately measure forces on the foot when wearing orthotics. In-shoe measurement allows us to do this, which makes us different from other bioemchanical assessment clinics.


In-shoe pressure systems are important as they fit inside the footwear and are far more accurate in assessing foot pressure during gait. We can use these both with and without orthotics to show the outcome of any orthotic treatment.

 

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