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Foot, knee, hip and back pain is commonly a result of poor biomechanics, often stemming from the feet. If left untreated, these problems can lead to further injury and discomfort.
In clinic, we specialise in advanced clinical gait and movement analysis using the latest Footscan technology. Footscan has been utilised in more than 3,000 scientific studies and is trusted by state-of-the-art movement labs and elite sports teams worldwide, from Team GB to Manchester City FC.
Common complaints that we deal with in clinic include:
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of each foot and connects the heel bone to the toes, known as the plantar fascia.
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. Achilles tendonitis most commonly occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs. It's also common in middle-aged people who play sports.
Shin splints (also known as medial tibial stress syndrome) is an inflammation of the muscles, tendons and bone tissue around your tibia. Pain typically occurs along the inner border of the tibia, where muscles attach to the bone.
Metatarsalgia is a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. You might develop it if you participate in activities that involve running and jumping.
Also known as an interdigital neuroma, a Morton's neuroma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumour of a nerve. Morton's neuroma is not actually a tumour, but a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve leading to the toes.
Heel spurs are small, bony growths on the heel. A spur may develop when the ligament that connects the heel bone to the bones in the toes (plantar fascia) becomes inflamed.
Heel pain is often caused by over exersising, impact injuries or wearing ill fitting footwear. Symptoms may include sharp pain, pain in the back of the heel, or redness and swelling. Some of these symptoms could be signs of Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles Tendonitis.
Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. Knee pain may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. Medical conditions including arthritis, gout and infections can also cause knee pain.
Back pain, particularly lower back pain, is very common. It usually improves within a few weeks but can sometimes last longer or keep coming back. Back pain can be caused by many things such as a direct injury like a pulled muscle, or a medical condition like sciatica. Back pain can also be caused by poor posture or a lack of symmetry through the body.
5 reasons why we use Footscan in your assessment…
Footscan is the first and only gait analysis technology to be ‘Professionally Approved’ by the Royal College of Podiatry, meaning that it meets the highest clinical standards.
Footscan quantifies what the eye cannot see, allowing us to take your gait analysis and orthotic prescriptions to the next level with accurate, objective data.
The high scanning frequency and sensor resolution of Footscan ensures accuracy in our data acquisition and repeatability.
Wide range of analysis tools
Enhanced 2D and 3D visualisations enable us to clearly communicate your movement data and directly compare it against other scans.
Our research and development team are continually enhancing the software based on the latest clinical publications and professional recommendations.
Our 5-step digital orthotics workflow to optimise your biomechanics…
You wear orthotics whilst you move, so why not design them based on how you move? Using our cutting-edge Footscan technology and analysis software built on decades of scientific research, we use your unique dynamic movement data to determine what’s happening beneath your foot to generate your Phits 3D printed orthotic design.
Our expert clinician will observe how your feet function during your natural gait to identify any asymmetries or abnormalities in your foot pressure, timings and stability. We will then suggest the most suitable treatment pathway to assist you moving forwards.
Step 2: Analysis
We will take you through a detailed Footscan assessment to analyse your standing posture, balance and gait, capturing multiple left and right foot strikes.
Step 1: Measurement
Your orthotics will be 3D printed, quality controlled and personalised by our team at Materialise, the industry front-runners in 3D printed orthotic manufacture.
Step 4: 3D Print
Following your analysis, if deemed appropriate, we will design you a bespoke pair of Phits orthotics which will be 3D printed to meet your exact specifications using the dynamic data from your Footscan assessment.
Step 3: Design
After a couple of weeks, you will return to the clinic and fit your new orthotics to optimise your foot function and comfort with every step.
Step 5: Fitting
Why choose our award-winning Phits 3D printed orthotics?
Data-driven prescriptive design
Traditional orthotics are typically designed using your static foot shape, whereas Phits are the world’s first 3D printed orthotics which are specifically designed based on your dynamic gait analysis using Footscan.
Phits are accurate to the nearest 0.1mm with no room for error in the manufacturing process, providing tailored support and cushioning where you need it most. This ensures exact replicas can be produced if you require a second pair.
Backed by research
Through research and collaboration with leading Universities, our team continuously improves our algorithms. Our commitment to innovation, led by science, sets our state-of-the-art technology and software apart.
Minimal bulk and lightweight
Phits are less than half the weight of traditional orthotics whilst offering extreme durability and comfort, whether you are walking, running or playing sport.
Regardless of your age or activity level, Phits offers specific designs to cater for your footwear; such as walking, running, football, golf, cycling, skiing and workwear.
Phits for all
Whether you are an elite athlete, recreational walker or factory worker on your feet, Phits will help your feet to adopt the correct foot motion, improve your movement efficiency and minimise your risk of injury.
As Paula Radcliffe states, “My Phits simply don’t wear out.” Not only are the devices robust, they are 3D-printed via selective laser sintering (SLS) using Bluesint PA12, which is created from 100% recycled powder. This process removes the waste associated with traditional orthotic manufacturing.
The choice of champions
Phits are the #1 orthotic choice of multiple British and World Champion athletes; from World Record breaking legends such as Paula Radcliffe, to current champions such as Charlotte Purdue to keep them moving pain free.
“I caught up with the team to get my Footscan analysis and Phits orthotics as I prepare for a very important year ahead. Working with these guys has enabled me to look after all the 1%'s which will enable me to keep training hard, consistently and injury free.”
(2 x British Marathon Champion)
“Without the support of Phits orthotics, it would have been impossible to recover after my surgery and most likely I wouldn't have been able to continue my running career. I never run without them, even for walking I use the insoles, they are always in my shoes.”
(Marathon World Record Breaker)
“The team from Gait and Motion Clinics have allowed me to be consistent. I had a really in-depth testing, followed by the delivery of my Phits orthotics. They have been an amazing tool to keep me consistent in my big training blocks. Not just for elite athletes, I think EVERYONE can benefit from this amazing service!”
(Ultra Trail World Champion)
“31 years of running has caused some wear and tear on my Achilles. I now have some awesome Phits orthotics to help offload the problem area and hopefully get me back competing to a top level!”
(2 x British Marathon Champion & 50km World Record Breaker)
“Great to be working with a company who change the game of insoles with their 3D printed and customised product to optimise by power transmission on the pedals.”
(Olympian & 3 x National Champion Cyclist)
“Phits orthotics are amazing, a key part of my every-day running essentials! I have a comfort pair for my mileage trainers and a slim pair for my racing shoes and I haven't run without them since my injury in 2019. They were a huge factor in me being able to overcome that and get back to full fitness. I couldn't imagine not having them in my shoes!”
(British Marathon Champion)
Do Phits fit into every shoe?Phits orthotics fit in to the majority of shoe types, including specifically adapted designs for football, running, cycling, golf and skiing for optimal functionality. There are also options for narrower day to day footwear and even tailored safety insoles for workers boots.
Can Phits be customised?Yes! All Phits insoles can be customised with a 3D print engraved name on the rear of the heel cup for that added touch of personalisation.
What about maintenance?Phits are very easy to maintain as they do not absorb moisture. Therefore, they can be easily cleaned. Concerned that the top cover is wearing down? No problem, all top covers can be refurbished here in our UK lab.
Our award-winning Footscan gait analysis and Phits 3D printed orthotic service has been featured in the following publications…
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Whether you are aiming for Olympic podiums, or just want to live and walk pain free, our expert clinicians can help people of all ages!
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