The GaitScan System

The GaitScan system measures the distribution of force throughout a patient’s foot during each step, identifying high-pressure areas and gait abnormalities. Our system is equipped with enough sensors and speed to accurately graph pressures exerted during the stance phase of the gait cycle during both walking and running. This information, along with our 3D sub-talar neutral cast allow us to provide our patients with the most complete assessment possible for custom made orthotics.

Lack of proper care, ill-fitting shoes and general foot neglect are responsible for the majority of foot problems.

It’s important to understand your feet have direct impact on the rest of your body and support you with each step. A small abnormality in foot function can have a large impact on joints higher up in the body, causing pain and discomfort.

When you are running, the pressure on your feet can be three or four times your body weight. Even walking can produce more pressure than the sum of your body weight. The American Podiatric Medical Association says that the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. That adds up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime or more than four times the circumference of the globe. That is a lot of walking with ill-fitting shoes or painful feet!! In some cases foot ailments can be an early signal of more serious medical problems like arthritis or diabetes. Women have four times as many foot problems as men because they have a long history of wearing high heels and/or pointy toe shoes.

Remember if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your ankles, knees or hip joints… the direct cause may be the function of your feet or ill-fitting shoes.

Calgary Sports Orthotics GaitScan™ System is a revolutionary diagnostic tool for assessing the biomechanics of your gait, particularly how your feet align with the ground when you walk. GaitScan™ has an industry high 4096 sensors and scans at an industry high 300Hz (scans per second). These measurements provide us with a sophisticated explanation of foot mechanics and assists them with orthotic and/or shoe solutions.

Your biomechanical assessment will include static and dynamic weight bearing alignment in the lower extremity, inspection of shoe wear patterns and callus formation on your feet and muscle testing for length, strength and balance.