The examination consists of several parts and depending on your complaints we could give special attention to one or more (problem)areas. When it is your first time visiting us you will undergo an extensive interview where your complaints and questions will be discussed. This will give the podiatrist more insight into your complaints and the possible causes.
Thereafter, the podiatrist will perform a physical examination. He will analyse your movement capabilities and the stability of the joints in your feet and ankles. If necessary, or requested, your knees, hips and back will be extensively examined as well. During the examination the position of your foot in relation to your posture will be examined and the functioning of your feet and legs will be assessed. Depending on your complaints the podiatrist will perform a few tests to get a better insight into the causes of your complaints. Furthermore, another aspect of the examination is a walking analysis where we will look at the overall picture of your walking pattern. We will pay attention to the movements of your feet, but also the movements of the rest of your body will be taken into account, such as the hips and torso. It is possible that we use the walking lab where we work with special high speed camera’s and treadmills. Especially for athletes this is oftentimes used.
We work with innovative technological developments during the examination. To measure the pressure on your feet while walking and standing we work with a computer based foot pressure measurement device. The pressure points and impulses under your feet will be registered digitally and via a 3D scanner your feet will be scanned. Your feet data will be digitally altered with the right elements to your specific foot problems and with the feet data we can make personalised therapeutic soles. In a computerised milling machine your soles will be milled and later on manually completed by your podiatrist.
An ultrasound may be performed to back up the physical examination. Ultrasonography makes sure we can get an image of different kinds of (moving) tissue, fluids and bone circumference. This makes it easier to assess which treatment would be the right fit. Having an ultrasound is painless and completely safe.
After extensive examination your podiatrist will discuss his findings and draw up a personal treatment plan. In this plan you will find recommendations for the treatment options that would be most fitting for you. After your consent we will start the therapy. For more information about our treatment options / treatments read here. The treatment plan will be adapted to other caregivers, if necessary.