Lindsey Ebbs Podiatry - Podiatry Insights

Pressure plate gait analysis and 3D printed orthotics

What is a pressure plate?

The pressure plate is a large mat that is placed on the floor in clinic and measures the amount of force(pressure) that the foot creates when walking across the plate. A static standing assessment can also be carried out and for cyclists, the pressure on the forefoot mimicking pressure on the pedals and this can also be measured

We know that injuries and foot pain can be due to increased tissue stress which in turn is usually due to dysfunction, either in the foot or higher up the limbs. The pressure plate is able to measure the abnormal areas of force on the foot whilst standing or walking /running or cycling.

What does all of this mean for me?

Well, if you have foot or leg pain, then the chances are that the body is having to compensate for an increased amount of force in one particular area, which is fine as long as the compensation is normal and doesn’t go into the abnormal range. The pressure plate can then identify that area of intense pressure and we as Podiatrists get a detailed insight of what the foot is doing throughout its contact with the floor.

The 3D printed orthotics redistribute that abnormal pressure evenly, reducing the high force/risk areas that contribute to injuries and pain, allowing you to just move in a way that is less risk to any future injuries. The orthotics are inserted into any shoe as there are many designs to fit all types of footwear

Does the pressure plate analysis just apply to injuries and foot pain?

No not at all, increased areas of pressure on the feet can cause frustrating repetitive blisters and also pressure sores leading onto foot ulcers which can be a huge problem for diabetic patients.

What conditions can the pressure plate analysis be used for?

  • Plantar Fasciitis/heel pain
  • Achilles problems
  • Previous and present fractures of the feet
  • Ankle sprains
  • Repetitive blisters on the feet
  • Metatarsalgia (pain in the balls of your feet)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Hip, knee and leg pain

Do you just use the pressure plate analysis to decide what orthotics people need?

No, we also use video gait analysis, podosmart Wi-Fi digit insoles, prescription strengthening exercises and a wealth of biomechanical knowledge in prescribing the correct orthotics for a patient. The more data and information we collect about you, the more likely the outcome will be a successful one, this why we don’t use `off the shelf ‘insoles, they are just not enough for what we require.

How do I book an appointment to have this assessment?

We have an initial one-hour MSK appointment and within that time, we take an extensive medical history and use the pressure plate analysis. After consideration we decide whether you need the full biomechanical assessment or other treatment modalities to resolve the problem that you have.

Book now

More Insights

What is Practice Accreditation and why did we want to achieve it?

The Podiatry profession in the UK is subject to careful monitoring and regulation. These systems are in place to protect the public from sub-standard levels of care, and to ensure that practitioners always know to which standards they should be working to.


How to Reduce Your Injuries by Wearing the Right Trainers

There can be many reasons for this, but a common one we see at Lindsey Ebbs Podiatry is a lack of understanding on what makes one shoe better than another and not knowing when a shoe has passed its used by date and should be replaced.


Pressure plate gait analysis and 3D printed orthotics

Pressure gait analysis gives a detailed insight into the forces impacting on the foot when walking or running. This information allows us to identify areas of the foot that maybe under a higher pressure load which over time can cause pain, injury, fractures and pressure ulcers of the skin.


Shin Splints

At the Foot Hub Whitby, we treat a lot of patients with shin soreness, and it doesn’t matter if they’re a seasoned professional sports person or a weekend warrior.


Is a heel spur the cause of your foot pain?

Perhaps you have been told by a friend, a concerned family member, or a health professional that you have a heel spur but they can only be guessing!


Podosmart Wi-Fi Digitsoles

The insoles are a clever innovative piece of equipment that can quantify the movement of the body with different mobility disorders such as neurological, orthopaedic, age related or sporting injuries...


Marco the M6 MLS Robotic Laser

I have been using a laser in practice for 25 years now and have long realised the great outcomes that can be achieved by them, so after extensively researching the Class 4 MLS laser, which is quite unique to other class 4 lasers in that it doesn’t emit heat, I realised this was the laser I wanted to upgrade to...


Our top tips for preparing to run a marathon

Preparing for a marathon or a half marathon takes dedication and a lot of time, applying these simple tips can make the experience a more positive one...


Ingrowing toenails and how to get rid of them permanently

Many people think they have ingrowing toenails when in fact what they have are involuted (curved) or thickened nails...


Not just a dog - a friend, a confidant, a counsellor and a personal trainer!

Dogs have always been a large part of my life, I have never known a time without a dog from being a small child through to an adult, after having my own children and working full time...


How do we sterilise the instruments we use in clinic

Infection control is something Podiatrists alongside all the medical profession take very seriously. Reducing the transmission of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses and fungal infections...


How 'muscle memory' helped my recovery from shoulder surgery

Is muscle memory a thing? Yes, it is! Not that we have mini brains in our muscles as the brain is definitely located in the head! But there is no doubt that our muscles remember movement...


What Is Swift and Why Do We Use It to Treat Verrucae?

Verrucae are caused by infection in the skin from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They are often harmless and can disappear on their own, but sometimes...


What you wouldn’t expect to see at the end of a Marathon

(from Podiatrists who were at the finish line)


Fascial manipulation of the lower limb. (Stecco Method®)

Fascial is a band or sheet of three-dimensional connective tissue, primarily made of collagen it surrounds every tissue, muscle, tendon, nerves, blood vessels and organs of the body...


5 top tips to prepare your feet for winter

Winter time can be quite harsh on the feet, they go from a warm centrally heated houses to artic conditions outside, which takes...


Plantar Fasciitis

This is the most common heel pain complaint we see in clinic. It is an inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia caused...


Verrucae and Warts

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the cause of warts and verrucae, they can appear anywhere on the skin but are mostly seen...


Melanomas on the feet and legs

Most people wouldn’t really think of a melanoma on the feet and legs, but they do present there...


Core stability and Podiatry

Core Stability is a medical description establishing the ability of a person to control the movement...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe to the Lindsey Ebbs Podiatry monthly email newsletter.