LABORATORY FOR ORTHOPEDIC BIOMECHANICS AND MOTION ANALYSIS

Why a motion analysis?

The foot is a complex part of the body with 26 bones, 27 joints, 32 muscles and over a hundred ligaments. Pathological damage can occur to all of these parts. Foot discomfort can be an expression of a metabolic, vascular, nervous or spinal disorder.

Often there are complaints when walking and are therefore dependent on movement and stress. The problem can often not be fully recognized by a medical and radiological examination alone. The additional dynamic information from the movement analysis can improve diagnosis and thus therapy.

What is motion analysis?

A motion analysis uses state-of-the-art technology to record biomechanical values ​​of your individual gait. Statements can be made about the load on the joints, the position of the bones and the muscle function of the feet and legs at the individual times of walking. This means that your movements can be summarized in numbers and precisely described.

What are the benefits of motion analysis?

  • The data of the movement analysis can be used to identify the causes of complaints and thus improve the therapy.

  • The feet of diabetics and patients with neural disorders can be protected by custom-made insoles.

  • Athletes' shoes can be perfectly adapted to individual requirements.

  • Your training structure can also be optimized according to the muscular function.

  • If surgery is required, the most biomechanically ideal surgical method can be found and simulated on the computer.

How does a motion analysis work?

After a consultation with the doctor at the foot center, an examination in the laboratory for movement analysis is planned. This is carried out by a scientist from the Foot Center (or the University Children's Hospital Basel) in the movement analysis laboratory in Meggen.

 

Several reflective markings are installed on the patient's body. Then we attach surface electrodes to carry out a muscle current measurement (EMG) on the skin, above certain muscle groups. After this preparation, the patient walks a distance of approximately 8 m several times. Here the patient walks / steps over plates in the floor, which measure pressure and force. The marking points on the patient are filmed by infrared cameras. We evaluate the recorded data according to the individual question. The doctor at the foot center later discusses the result with the patient.

 

Depending on the question, a movement analysis takes 60-90 minutes.

What clothes should be worn?

Your legs / feet and lower back must be uncovered for the analysis. You should therefore wear appropriate clothing (bikini, 2-piece underwear, swimming trunks or sports pants). Changing rooms are available for you in the laboratory.

 

You should not apply cream to your feet and legs on the day of the examination, otherwise the electrodes will not adhere well and will have to be adjusted several times.

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