Custom orthotics can be prescribed following a gait and a postural analysis with the use of a force plate.
Force plate is a platform with pressure sensors operated by a computer software program. The sensors record data on the anatomical morphology of the feet and the distribution of pressure during standing posture and walking. From the data collected and where the clinical examination imposes it, it is recommended to create custom orthotic insoles or orthopaedic footwear, tailored to each individual’s daily needs and requirements.
In fact, force plate is a dynamic platform that records & analyses the forces from the standing posture and the dynamic contact of the foot on walking, so that there can be a complete assessment of the movement patterns of the lower limb. The examination procedure is pain-free and non-invasive and is performed by a specialised musculoskeletal physiotherapist. At the first part of the assessment, the platform records the distribution of forces, the mean value of the mechanical pressure of the lower limbs and other parameters that affect the standing posture. The second part involves recording at all stages of gait, pressure forces distribution, contact times and walking related parameters in general.
Force plate has a key role in the immediate diagnosis of pathologies on the foot and lower limb, the recognition of anatomical adaptations and their potential contribution in the current state of the person. A reliable assessment leads to proper treatment and management options for symptoms through the manufacture of personalised orthotic insoles/footwear, and the prescription of an individualised exercise program where appropriate.
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