Correction of abnormal walking using advanced bracing technology

Correction of abnormal walking using advanced bracing technology

By Ron McCulloch

The London Podiatry Centre aims to resolve pain and optimise the way that patients walk. Whilst specific surgical techniques are often adopted to improve gait (the way you walk), the centre also uses laser scanning technology to create advanced medical appliances to correct walking and running abnormalities. Here is a video which shows how the centre managed to correct a patient's limp by means of a specialised ankle brace. 3D Vicon technology has been used to assess the patient.

The yellow figure is the patient without the brace. Superimposed on the same video sequence is the same patient with the brace, this time in red. Note how the patient walks far more normally with the brace. This treatment has enhanced the patient's quality of life allowing her to walk pain-free for much longer distances!

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