Computerized Orthotic Lab
Footmaxx Metascan System
Our practice utilizes the latest in high-tech computerized gait analysis. This technology is the latest and most advanced method to analyze your biomechanics which start with your feet and how they function. Many common conditions we treat can often be linked to abnormal foot function resulting in foundational changes and imbalances which lead to stress points in the musculoskeletal system.
The Metascan diagnostic system is simple, innovative, high tech, user-friendly and grounded in well-researched principles. It provides an efficient, highly accurate and scientific means of patient assessment. The proprietary software is unmatched in its clinical diagnostic capabilities and interactive patient education.
Metascan V5 software consists of dynamic, static and postural visual analysis capabilities. The software allows for comparison of scans, pre and post diagnosis and therapy in the various applications.
Our Metascan dynamic software scans the foot 150 times per second tracking 8 key points along the plantar surface of the foot. Our dynamic display captures bilateral plantar pressure during the stance phase of gait. Gait observations show each of the 8 key points relative to pressure and time in a color corresponding to the 2D and 3D composite image and displays gait analysis data. The Full Normal Graph compares the patient’s 8-point graph to a normal graph of the stance phase of gait. The Metascan diagnostics translates the digital information along with the clinician information into a prescription for custom orthotics.
Static scans capture bilateral plantar pressure distribution. The scanning technology can be incorporated into various balance testing, training and therapeutic protocols depending on the clinical approach. The scans can identify muscle/skeletal anomalies such as leg length discrepancies. Can also be used to assess the efficacy of orthotics, lifts or postings using comparison side by side scans.
Gait & Pressure Analysis
The Metascan 8-Point Gait and Pressure Analysis Report provides the practitioner with a unique dynamic analysis tool for the diagnosis and treatment of the aberrant foot function. Using the same scan data which is used to create the composite and frame images in the Metascan client software, the 8-point analysis gives specific information on the distribution and timings of pressures through the different areas of the foot and compares them to normal.
Custom Orthotic Products
The Metascan software analyzes the frame-by-frame distribution of plantar pressures throughout each individual foot. It uses the number and distribution of data points, as well as the magnitude and temporal patterns of the pressure points to calculate a set of key parameters. Through the use of tested and proven algorithms, these and other parameters are used to determine the configuration of the orthotic modules. Algorithms were developed based on pattern recognition of various functional foot abnormalities. The overall aim of the orthotic therapy is to normalize the biomechanical patterns of the feet. This is one of the parameters that Footmaxx uses to determine orthotic module shape.