Putting your Feet to the Test

It can be nerve wracking to visit any type of doctor, including a podiatrist. Although it can be scary for some people, it is important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing pain in your foot or ankle. There are so many different types of foot and ankle problems such as breaks, sprains, fractures, deformities, diseases and much more. Without a regular evaluation, you could be putting yourself at great risk. A podiatrist can help you determine what ailment you are suffering from with the help of his staff and some testing.

What kinds of tests are available?

There are 7 major tests that a podiatrist can perform. Not every test measures the same thing and not everyone will have all of them. It is important to know a little bit about them before your visit, so you can feel more at ease.

  • Computerized Gait Analysis – this test uses a computerized video system to capture motion as a patient moves. Force plates situated on the walkway and markers feed information to the computer and provide podiatrists with data. This data is then used to help determine where an area of concern is and what could be ailing a patient.
  • Electromyography- this test uses electrodes that are placed on the surface of the body. They record the electrical currents of the muscles during regular movement. It can be performed on its own or in conjunction with a gait analysis test.
  • Foot Pressure Analysis – disposable sensors are placed in a patient’s shoes. They record the pressure of the underfoot during walking and or running. Sensors similar to this can be set up during a gait analysis test to better record data when barefoot These tests are often used on people with diabetes as well as for patients who are going to be outfitted with an orthotic device.
  • Force Platform Analysis- this test helps to identify the stability of a patient as well as their center of gravity. It can be done through plates a during the gait analysis or independently.
  • Laser Topographical Anatomy- this test uses laser beams to map the anatomy of the surface of the foot. It is usually used to help in the creation of orthotics.
  • Stability or Instability in Stance- using force plates and a pressure sensor, this test helps measure stability.
  • Three-Dimensional Computer Modeling- this test takes gathered information and can develop a model of a patient’s motion. This helps podiatrists visualize the gathered data and compare it to other case.

Podiatrists have many tests available to them and most of them are noninvasive. These tests are designed to help their patients get the best treatment possible. Don’t be afraid, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in Fayetteville, New York, today so we can help!. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and his highly trained team can help decide which test is right for you. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.


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