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Digital gait analysis? Which one to get

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by qldpod, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. qldpod

    qldpod Member

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    Hi all, Just wondering from those who have or have had experience using this technology which one is good. I don't want something to fancy and technical but something which will show the clients what they are doing as some clients need the visual aid to help interpret what is going on with them. Can you give me some advise on which one to get as there are a few out there. Thanks
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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  3. Brandon Maggen

    Brandon Maggen Active Member

    Also check out Dartfish

    I use it with success for all the reasons you cited as motivations to explore the various options.

    Good luck

  4. CEM

    CEM Active Member

    i use templo from currex, used to have dartfish but the version i had was old and would have needed replaced when i moved off XP onto windows 7, templo had more features and achived everything nicely, there is also a feature where you can burn the file onto dvd for the patient (with a player) so they or another practitioner who doesn't have templo can view the file frame by frame
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2012
  5. qldpod

    qldpod Member

    thanks for your replies. I will look at those three.
    I want somthing quick and efficient to use otherwise you don't end up using it if it is too hard. So user friendly is the most important thing as well as visually showing the client easily what is happening.
  6. phil

    phil Active Member

    Kinovea- its free and simple. Lets you draw angles and other stuff to make your patients think you're a rocket scientist too!

  7. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member

    Hi GLD

    What do you want to do with the video?

    I use Templo from MAR systems and it can record and be used to evaluate all sorts of good stuff but, I find, that often people don't want to pay for the time it takes to do a useful analysis. E.G. Runner comes in, asks " can you do a gait analysis for me" Me - "what do you want to achieve with a gait analysis" R - " just want you to tell me if I'm running correctly and if I pronate too much" (DoH :bash:) Me - "OK that will be £45 for a basic evaluation with a written report" R - "Eh!! No thanks I can get it for free when I buy new trainers at Footlocker" :bang:

    However I do often use the video treadmill for my own evaluation of a patient, especially runners, so I can do a barefoot, shod, before and after mobs and orthoses evaluation and point out concerns, variations and changes to the customer. Usually I discern at the initial assessment if video will be useful and add it into the total treatment plan quote to the customer.

    My main reason for recommending a video treadmill system is that sometimes it will improve your ability to get the orthotic prescription right and sometimes it will improve your ability to modify a device that is not giving the outcomes expected.

    This is especially true of running evaluation where the action is too fast for the naked eye. Often, I find, the runner will have problems associated with increased pronation moments about some joint but they have a biomechanical evaluation that reveals a foot that tends to supinate e.g. low stiff 1st ray, lateral STJ axis open chain, however the slo mo reveals that when running there is a forefoot strike on the lateral foot and rapid pronation occurs (probably moving the STJ axis more medial) and remains pronated right thru the stance phase with heel contact being only brief.

    One major problem with using a treadmill is that it very often changes the running or walking style and so it is also necessary to watch someone running outside (or inside if you have a large enough area) to see if the gait style is comparable, which means that you are back to using the naked eye again to make that evaluation :eek: Sometimes I video walking and running outside too but that brings its own problems aswell.

    A system that gives nice reports, paper and electronic is good if the customer will pay for them, sometimes insurance companies and Health care / case management referrers, will find these useful.

    Then of course there is always the 'added value' enhancement of your perceived professionalism - like they get at Footlocker:rolleyes:

    Regards Dave
  8. MJJ

    MJJ Active Member

    Does anybody here have any experience with OptoGait? I got an email regarding a workshop and demo that they are putting on but it is 3000 km away. I hadn't heard of OptoGait before and there doesn't seem to be anything posted on here about it.

  9. Hi there,
    I was wondering if tests run on a patient are in someway compared to a baseline or "regular" foot by the Tekscan software? If not what how will you know what target you are trying to achieve by using this equipment?
  10. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    l dont think Tekscan produce a video system? So l will assume you mean the pressure mapping system.

    Have you seen the system as demo model or gone to a clinic where it is used?

    We use it to look at peak pressure points and trajectory lines for off loading clients with diabetes.

    As for a base line, that depends on what your are looking to correct and your clients needs

    Back to the question of Video.
    If you cant share the files with clients and other health practitioners it looses some of its value.

    We run Dartfish and instant reply on big screen TV for clients and careers to see, l love it because it explains all, a picture is worth 1000 words

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