Foot Examination

We invite you for a professional, computational foot exam at Sport-Med in the centre of Krakow – tel. 501 224 884.

Are you aware that your feet:

  • work really hard, carrying the weight of your body throughout your whole life?
  • have a complicated structure that makes them prone to strains?
  • can be the source of problems located in other areas of the body?

It is worth having your feet examined, especially if you have noticed any of the following symptoms:

 

What is more, we recommend having your feet examined as a precautionary measure, especially if:

  • someone suggested you had or you were diagnosed with foot deformities as a child,
  • foot deformities are common in your family – bunions, flat feet, congenital foot deformities,
  • you suffer from other postural deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis and/or lordosis,
  • you sprained your ankle joint or suffered another injury to your feet in the past,
  • you practise sport and you want your movement to be as economic as possible,
  • you spend most of your time in a standing position,
  • you are overweight,
  • you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis – this condition mainly attacks the small joints in your body – as well as the hand joints it also affects the foot joints,
  • you suffer from diabetes – we examine feet in terms of diabetic polyneuropathy and we assess the risk of ulcers on the feet.

 

It is worth having your feet examined even if you are not experiencing pain. When pain occurs, it usually means the problem is already quite advanced! Finding the deformity early and can prevent you from developing serious ailments, which affect not only but feet but also other parts of the body, including the knees, hips and back.

 

What does a foot examination involve?

  • We assess the alignment of the feet and other parts of the body,
  • We assess the feet's movement when walking or performing other kinds of functional activities, depending on the activeness of the patient and whether they practise sport,
  • We assess the range of motion of the joints and the function of certain muscles,
  • We perform a manual examination of the feet. 

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  • 2D scan of the underneath of the feet – during the exam the patient stands on a digital podoscope, a picture of the feet is scanned and transmitted to the computer which allows us to precisely identify the place where the feet meet the floor and assess the level of the arches of the feet,
  • Computational pedobarographic exam – during the exam the patient stands or walks across a matt covered with sensors that measure the pressure the foot exerts on the floor. Pedobarography includes different kinds of exams:
    • Static: distribution of weight in a standing position – e.g. we can determine which of the lower limbs is carrying more weight,

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  • Dynamic: we can assess the distribution of weight on the sole of the foot at every support phase of walking: from the contact of the heel with the floor hrough to the toes leaving the ground.

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  • For people suffering from diabetes, we also perform a foot sensation exam using a monofilament (Semmes-Weinstein monofilament).  The thin elastic filament is pressed against certain areas of the foot until it bends, which indicates that 10g of force is being applied. If the patient has full sensation, he/she should feel the pressure and be able to accurately determine its location. The sensation test is an important element of diagnosing diabetic foot. If we obtain abnormal results we can start applying precautionary procedures early to prevent neuropathic ulcers by applying insteps to the areas where the most pressure is exerted and shoes that protect the feet against blisters.

Abroad, every patient suffering from diabetes undergoes a screening exam for diabetic foot which involves examining sensation and the level of advancement of the foot deformity.

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Examining your feet allows us to:

  • analyse biomechanic distrubances of the body connected with improper foot function,
  • offer an individual physiotherapy plan (manual therapy, kinesiotherapy), 
  • choose orthopaedic insteps,
  • choose everyday and sporting footwear.

 

Why us?

We gain our knowledge and experience from a few podiatric conceptions from Sweden, France and Germany, among others. We examine your feet and also your knees and hips very carefully. Every foot is different and it interacts with the upper parts or the musculoskeletal system in a different way, which is why we do not limit ourselves to ready-made therapy models but we always strive to combine ideas to find the optimal solution for you. We know how to effectively treat your feet and body.

 

The foot exam is conducted by a physiotherapist who is a specialist in podiatric diagnosis.

Based on the results from the exam it is possible to create individual orthopaedic insteps from well-known firms such as SIDAS and VASYLI. 

The exam + making the insteps takes around an hour and a half. The insteps are made on the spot.

 

How should you prepare for the exam?

Please bring with you:

  • shorts to change into,
  • shoes that can be worn with orthopaedic insteps if need be (ideally with shoe laces or velcro, with removable fabric insteps),
  • the results of your imaging exam.

 

Be aware and look after your feet so that your feel pleasure with every step you take! 

Feel free to come by for a professional, computational foot exam at Sport-Med in the centre of Krakow – tel. 501-224-884.


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