Podiatrist - Portland
6108 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 255-8100

What is the F-Scan System?

 

 

The F-Scan® is an advanced in-shoe sensor technology that provides detailed, objective information on foot function. It enhances our ability to evaluate, substantiate and document your diagnosis. We simply slip a sensor into the shoe of the patient, link it to our computer, and hit record as the patient walks. It's that easy. Information regarding the pressure and forces acting on your foot is instantly displayed on the computer screen.

Who needs Gait Analysis?

The F-Scan® can been used to:

  • Screen the diabetic or arthritic foot.
  • Observe gait asymmetries.
  • Regulate post-surgical weight bearing and pressure distribution.
  • Monitor degenerative foot disorders.
  • Examine timing of weight transfer and biomechanical function.
  • Determine efficacy of functional orthotics.
  • Perform pre- and post-surgical evaluations.
  • Identify high-risk areas in the neuropathic foot.

The Test...

After the sensors are in place the patient will be asked to walk in a normal fashion and relaxed speed. The length of the walk is only about 30 feet across the room and then back to the starting point. That's it, the test is done and the computer has recorded all the information it needs.

The operator will have the patient sit down and relax while the sensors are removed and the equipment is put aside. The test is complete and you will be asked to wait while the data is analyzed.

The operator will spend about 15 minutes looking over the data and creating some reports, he thenwill go over his basic findings with you.

What will the Report tell me?

What the Technician will be looking for will vary depending on the purpose of the test. The following are the items generally looked at.

When identifying high-risk areas in the neuropathic foot we look for high pressure areas. These are areas that receive high levels of pressure over a large portion of the step.

Gait Analysis and evaluation looks at many points that often are interrelated. Some of these are.

  • Center of the forces applied to the foot during a step.
  • Trajectory of the forces applied to the foot that might indicate gait abnormalities.
  • Peak pressures that may indicate problem areas.
  • Symmetry of the gait, one foot compared with the other.