At CuraFoot Clinic our experts measure foot pressure and how it is distributed across the bottom of the foot. This allows us to identify appropriate solutions for foot dysfunction. Book an appointment now and get your foot checked today for better foot health.
Pedobarography is the study of pressure fields acting between the plantar surface of the foot and a supporting surface. Used most often for gait and posture biomechanical analysis, Pedobarography is employed in many applications, including sports biomechanics and gait biometrics.
Devices fall into two main categories: (i) floor-based, and (ii) in-shoe. The underlying technology is diverse, ranging from piezoelectric sensor arrays to light refraction, but the ultimate form of the data generated by all modern technologies is either a 2D image or a 2D image time series of the pressures acting under the plantar surface of the foot.
Pedobarography is also used in various other clinical situations, including diabetic foot, post-surgery biomechanical assessment, and orthotics design. In addition to clinical applications, Pedobarography continues to be used in the laboratory to understand the mechanisms governing human gait and posture.
Diabetic Foot Assessment
Diabetics are at a much greater risk of developing problems with their feet, due to the damage raised blood sugars can cause to sensation and circulation. People with diabetes are at increased risk of peripheral arterial disease and neuropathy, as well as having a higher risk of developing infections. Therefore, people with diabetes are often prone to frequent, severe foot problems and a relatively high risk of infection, gangrene and amputation.
Diabetic Foot Assessment would include:
- Examination for corns, calluses, and changes in foot shape
- Tests for numbness or changes in sensation (“neuropathy”)
- Questions about diabetes management and foot care – some sample questions attached
- Any recent cuts, blisters, broken skin, corns?
- Any pain or discomfort while walking?
- How well are you managing Diabetes?
- Have you had any previous foot problems or injuries?
- Checking of shoes to ensure they are not causing problems to your feet
- Advice on foot care, orthotics, diabetes shoes as required
Sports Injury Assessment
Athletes or anyone who enjoys sports or running or other physical activities may suffer from sports injuries to the feet and lower limb. At CuraFoot Clinics, our consultant doctors treat many common sports injuries like Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS), Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints (Tibial Stress Syndrome), Heel Pain or Plantar Fasciitis.
Athletes can benefit from the increased levels of control and support offered by CuraFoot orthotics/insoles. Our Podiatrists can assess your foot and lower limb biomechanics through advanced foot assessment and offer advice to aid performance and prevent future foot injury. Should there be a need for custom insoles or orthotics we will discuss the most appropriate design to ensure comfort while playing.