GaitScan Analysis

There are two parts to this: First, you simply walk across the gait analysis pressure plate to assess the dynamic movement of your foot whilst walking. Then, you stand on the plate to assess your standing pressure distribution and balance. The results of these scans are then printed so that we can review the results together in the moment. The results from your physical examination will be compared to the gait analysis reports and then can be used to prescribe and create custom functional orthotics to support and enhance your foot, and total body, biomechanical function. Then if appropriate for you, Dr Roche will make her recommendations regarding the inclusions of orthotics to your care plan, and the type of orthotics that would be best suited to your individual foot type and foot wear needs. The printed reports are given to you for your records and for sharing with any other healthcare professionals that you may be working with.

Then what happens?

If you are a candidate for custom orthotics, and you decide to go ahead with purchasing them, Dr. Roche will order them through the laboratory in Canada. You will then schedule a “dispensing and fitting visit” 3 weeks later to have the orthotics fitted to your footwear. The adaptation process and follow up treatment recommendations will be described in detail at this visit.

A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words

GAITSCAN biomechanical analysis technology has arrived in New Zealand. We are one of a select group of clinics nationwide to use this state of the art technology for the assessment of your gait and the prescription of custom orthotics to help you achieve more stability and balance to allow healing of your aches & pains.

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Pressed for time, then go to the end of this page to find my 3 step process.

Biomechanical Examination

The biomechanical assessment is a 3 step process:

  • Step 1: A detailed physical examination regarding posture, foot function, leg length and other relevant assessments will be performed.
  • Step 2: You will then be asked to walk across the gait analysis pressure plate to assess the dynamic movement of your foot whilst walking and in motion. The results of the scans will be printed for you to take home with you, and the results from your physical examination will be compared to the gait analysis reports and these will be discussed with you. Then if appropriate for you, Dr Roche will make her recommendations regarding the inclusions of orthotics to your care plan, and the type of orthotics that would be best suited to your individual foot type and foot wear needs.
  • Step 3: After having all of your questions answered, and you decide to choose to include custom orthotics in your care plan, you purchase the orthotics and an order is placed. The data from your gait analysis report and the physical examination findings are sent to the laboratory via the internet. The orthotics are manufactured to the prescribed specifications and they are returned to the clinic. This process takes approximately 30 days. You schedule for a fitting visit where the orthotics are fitted to your shoes, and evaluated to be sure they are working well. You are now on your way to a faster and better recovery from your condition. Congratulations.

It is estimated that 70% of the world’s population would benefit from orthotics.

You are one of the lucky ones, as now you at least know about them!