Physiotherapy Treatment in Gloucestershire

Foot Scan & Orthotics

What is a Foot Scan?

A FOOT SCAN is a computerised pressure pad which assesses your walking and if appropriate your running pattern providing visual graphics; this is more accurate than both observation or video analysis

Why do I need a Foot Scan?

Longstanding and recurrent pain is often related to faulty foot mechanics. Abnormal foot patterns cause stresses that can lead to numerous foot problems as well as leg, knee, hip, spinal pain including neck pain and headaches. As the saying goes ‘The thigh bone is connected to the hip bone and the hip bone is connected to ……. and so on e.g. pain in the knee may be caused by excessive pronation (rolling inwards) in the foot. This will be highlighted by the foot scan which is a good diagnostic tool. 

Foot scans and orthotics can help your recovery

Do you suffer from any of the following:

  • Localised foot pain
  • Bunions
  • Achilles tendon problems
  • Arch pain
  • Heel pain
  • Leg pain
  • Hip pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Diabetic foot ulcers

How we can help

At Cotswold Physiotherapy  we use one of the industry’s leading Gaitscan systems to assess exactly how your foot functions during gait as you walk or run across a pressure plate. This enables the physiotherapist to have a clear picture of your foot biomechanics and determine the effect this is having on your ankles, knees, hips and back. It also helps to determine if you would benefit from wearing custom-made foot orthotics.

Laptop gait scan

What are Orthotics?

You may require prescriptive orthotics to help your feet function more efficiently. Our feet and ankles are the foundation for the overall posture of the body. Weak or faulty foundations lead to many problems higher up the body. Orthotics are orthopaedic devices which you put in your shoes. They are custom made for you and help control abnormal foot movements such as excessive pronation (rolling inwards) and excessive supination (rolling outwards). As your foot sits on the orthotic it is gently directed into the best position allowing correct foot function when standing, walking or running. They provide support, control, absorb shock and relieve pressure on uncomfortable or sore areas.