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The Sensor Medica Treadmill brings the latest in diagnostic assessment to podiatry.

Combing a super high speed camera with pressure plate analysis built into a treadmill, the Sensor Medica gives our podiatrists information that has never been available to them before.

Podiatrists have always been very good at using kinetic testing and gait analysis to assess which tissues are under stress and may need relief through ortho-mechanical treatment (custom foot orthotics).

But the Sensor Medica Treadmill helps us to really hone in on little changes in walking and running gait that over thousands of steps can create injury, pain and dysfunction.

Now we can combine our trained eyes with a technology that lets us slow down gait to a fraction of a second and see where the pressure is going at the same time.

What is the Sensor Medica Treadmill

Inside the treadmill is a 1.2metre force plate (pressure plate) which not only shows the pressure going through each part of the foot but it also shows the centre of mass line – a line showing which way the weight of the body is positioned throughout each step.

This demonstrates to us tiny “hesitations” or tiny restrictions within the joints of the feet and legs which cause the body weight to shift sideways in order to go forwards.

These hesitations help to steer us towards joints which may have restrictions so that we may reduce the amount of stress on these joints by directing the body weight elsewhere, making the movement more efficient and less stressful on the body.

Pressures under the feet during stance

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high speed gait analysis

The high speed camera shows us exactly what the foot, ankle and leg are doing throughout each phase of gait.

It allows us to freeze frame, and measure accurately the amount of pronation (rolling in) of each foot, the in-toe or out-toe of each foot as well as the ankle of the leg to the ground.

Like in the example to the left we can see the pressure going through the feet on the far left, and the angle of the foot and leg to each other and to the ground. The lines are drawn in this screenshot on the right leg.

These measurements are very important in letting us know which parts of the foot may need extra support or wedging in order to reduce tissue stress.

For example in a patient with plantar fasciitis, if the rear foot os collapsing during mid-stance, we may need to support the inside arch of the foot to reduce the stress on the plantar fascia and thereby help it to heal.

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A screenshot of full gait analysis with the Sensor Medica Treadmill

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The butterfly tells us what is happening with the centre of mass.

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