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Foot pressure analysis

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by falconegian, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. falconegian

    falconegian Active Member

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    I would like to talk about the use of preassure plates and their role in clinical setting. Many companies sell systems for preassure map. Are they useful do anyone of you use it?
  2. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member

    Falcon, The link below will take you to a list of threads on this topic.


    Cheers Dave Smith
  3. falconegian

    falconegian Active Member

    Dear David I have tried the link you have posted but it is not active yet.
  4. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    We use the Fscan in-shoe system, the only application we use it for is for checking off loading/managing Diabetic clients and other type conditions where pressure management is important, it has more uses l know but thats all l want from it at this stage.

    We can all make a total contact orthosis and rocker sole, how certain are we that it is correctly off loading the problem area when the client leaves our clinic? this takes some of the guess work out of it and allows a report to be generated showing what has been achieved.
  5. ABrown76

    ABrown76 Member

    Hi, we are also considering a pressure plate in our clinic. The the only one's I have found are RS Scan and Footwork pro. Does anyone use these? Or should I not waste my money?
  6. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member

    Strange! it worked when I posted it. anyway just search key words like pressure mate pressure insole, plantar pressure etc in the pod arena search facility and it will bring up loads of threads on this topic.

    Cheers dave
  7. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    All you can achieve with a pressure platform is:
    - the pressure distribution
    - some information on force and time

    This information is gained barefoot - we function very differently with shoes that average a 1cm heel raise.

    You can gain some limited information from them, that can feed into the clinical decision making process.

    The biggest plus of these systems is that it is much easier to convince people to part with money after showing them pretty color pictures on the computer --- you know ... the sorts of pictures that are of no use what-so-ever to your clinical decision making, but help justify the fee ..... (I have ethical issues with this)

    What you can not do with these systems:
    - YOU CAN NOT GET A 3D FOOT SHAPE FOR AN ORTHOTIC NEGATIVE MODEL (a 3d pressure map is NOT a 3d foot shape)
    - While you can use it for a few things in the decision making, you have no idea if you have actually achieved that change with the orthotic prescription or not

    ---> Get an inshoe system.
  8. ABrown76

    ABrown76 Member

    Is an in shoe system much more expensive? Can anyone recommend any?
  9. Hmmmm, in-shoe versus mat based system, I don't know where I'd put my hard earned. Dave Smith, Kevin Kirby and I had a paper accepted for publication in JAPMA on the use of in-shoe pressure measurement in foot orthoses research last summer, hopefully it will be published in the near future........
  10. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    ABrown76 what are you going to be using the system for might be a better starting point, what do you want to achieve with it ?

    l have already said why we have one, if you are looking at cost, yes an in-shoe system is more expensive but it also gives you real inside information:D that you can use to modify, if need be, your prescription.

    You will also need to consider the space you may need to use it, we have built a room 8 mtrs long X 3 mtrs wide just for the job, some just use their passageway but this way we are not in anyone's way and we have some privacy for the client.

    As for different systems, Google is your best friend
  11. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    Okay, if you guys are in Australia, some good news for you regarding the Fscan system.

    Fscan's Patrick Crowe and Dr Norman Murphy will be in Australia for the APMGFA Symposium Sept 10 - 12 2010, most likely there will be a few others of this type as l start door knocking a few of these and different type suppliers.

    Will post up something more soon in the conference section

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