Ever considered how much force you experience when landing on your feet, and what parts take the load?
This unique in shoe sensor technology forms part of PEAK’S exclusive Peak Pod Pro 3P™ facility. These actually measure direct foot and limb total force, Centre of Mass progression, ground contact time and symmetry. Unlike other products where you walk on a platform, this measures inside your shoe doing your activities providing vital information not otherwise able to be seen.
We saw at our clinic an example of how this could have been useful with a young and promising athlete who presented with forefoot pain on the left side only. MRI imaging later revealed a second metatarsal stress fracture on the left side. We decided to investigate the athlete’s plantar pressure distribution using a specialised digital insole and found alarming results. During running we saw twice the load on the left foot compared to the right. Also, within the left foot there was a clear peak pressure along the second metatarsal head in line with the area of injury. If we had access to this information before the fracture…potentially something could have been done to prevent it. With all this in mind, we believe it would be wise to exploit plantar pressure technology more often in a clinical setting to prevent or at least limit injury recurrence.
This is cutting edge technology that brings a new sphere of information to injury diagnosis and management. The only technology of its kind in Australia.