The podiatrist uses DigitsolePro.com® for the dynamic analysis (walking or running depending on the patient). He collects data on the patient’s walking or running
activity using the web interface available online at https://app.DigitsolePro.com. The results are then presented to the patient, allowing the patient to integrate them into the treatment process and facilitating acceptance.
Does the practitioner use other movement analysis systems?
The practitioner uses a camera to analyse the activity of athletes and movement analysis software in 2 dimensions of movement.
The sport podiatrist analyses the gait line, the swing phase, and the ankle roll (absolute)
The gait line allows us to quickly see how the step rolls and the associated contact times.
The patient’s foot strikes in pronation on the right side, then the step rolls without or with few abnormalities. On the other hand, the right heel contact time is far too short (compared to the right) due to inflammation.
The ankle roll is used to obtain the precise angles of deformation. Using these precise data, we add a correction under the right heel in order to prevent the pronation of the hindfoot, increasing tension on the Achilles tendon. We then observe that the patient has the tendency to control his step as his foot rolls by returning to the outside, finishing in supination during propulsion.
Fabrice Millet carried out his examinations in a conventional manner: questioning and examination while seated on a chair, examination standing and on one foot. During the questioning, we learn that the patient participates in triathlons. For several weeks he has been experiencing pain in the posterior side of the right leg, which has appeared progressively.
The tendon palpation does not show nodules and forced flexing of the ankle causes pain.
In a stationary exam, he has very few deformations.
The calcaneus is centred, and we note an increasing collapse of the midfoot on the right side.
Standing on one foot while flexing the knee is difficult to do on the side experiencing pain.
He also did a walking test. There was no running analysis due to the pain.
Achilles’ tendinitis is often due to a number of factors. In this case, the pronation of the right foot increases the traction on the tendon and could be one of the causes.
He should address the worn shoes (shoes with insufficient cushion increase the risk of inflammation), the type of strike (a forefoot strike increases the tension on the tendon).
He should verify if other exterior factors create or increase an inflammatory response (medication, poor hydration or food intolerance).
Thermoformed soles were made with compressible materials, but with a high density to be used for running.
The addition of removable bilateral heel pieces in order to relax the tendon and encourage healing. The pronation of the right foot was corrected to decrease traction on the tendon.
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