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American Foot and Ankle Centre (AFAC)

AFAC leading specialist in diagnosis of foot problems and production of thermoformed planter in-soles has brought 25 year old French technology to Bahrain.

American Ankle and Foot centre is a specialist podiatry clinic. It specializes in production of customized Insoles for biomechanical correction. The Orthotic insoles yield best results with no side effects. These are ergonomically designed and restore normal mechanics of walking. AFAC has a team of highly specialized domain experts including Orthotists, technicians and experienced professionals. AFAC’s exclusive thermoforming concept, the ‘Proform Module’ gives patients safe and effective solutions for relief from pains. The foot, ankle, knee, hip and back benefit the most from this new technology. AFAC’s unique design and material composition gives the wearer the combination of support and cushioning. Diagnosis of patient’s foot is taken with the help of machines imported from France.

The field of Podiatry is a specialized branch and it is practiced widely in most of Europe and other western countries. In Kingdom of Bahrain it is in its infantile stage though the doctors have started realizing its importance due to the increasing number of foot problems in general population. With the help of machines by which process of Diagnosis, Testing, Molding and Grinding takes places are imported from France for best results.
Lorraine Jones, podiatrist from The College of Podiatry said: “It’s shocking how little regard we show for our feet. Feet are one of the hardest working parts of the body and in a lifetime you will walk in excess of 150,000 miles. As a result of general wear and tear, most of us will suffer with some sort of foot complaint at some point in our lives but we are seeing a lot of cases which could have been prevented – particularly amongst women.

Conditions like blisters and cracked heels may sound like minor ailments, but they can cause a lot of discomfort and embarrassment. Many people don’t seek treatment early enough which means they suffer unnecessarily and their problems get worse. We all like to look good but it’s important to take a common sense approach to footwear. High heels and flip flops are fine to wear occasionally but not all the time. For day to day wear you should opt for a well-fitting round toed shoe with a heel height of around 3cm.”

The range of in-soles especially thermoformed for every patient’s foot, offer numerous advantages-
• Very fine quality, so they can be used in city shoes for Men or Women.
• Unequalled comfort through precision in molding.
• A totally secured plantar support in case of vascular or neurological problems (arthritis, diabetes, polyarthritis, rheumatism)

The manufacturing of the customized Insoles are diving in four categories:
• Clinical and Functional Examination: taking care of patient starts with a clinical and biomechanical examination. A good understanding of medical and functional problems is necessary for quality treatment.
• Molding in compensated dynamic posture: Molding of orthosis is done in the standing position. The posture of the foot is compensated while respecting the neutral Talus bone alignment. The patient benefits from idealized functional quality.
• Progressive and comfortable functional compensation: the grinding method in workshop allows precise control of the movement of the foot in the three phases of a step (taligrade, plantigrade, digitigrades
• Reliability, installation and evolution: the machines AFAC has chosen is the result of Podiatric research in Europe.

Static and Dynamic Foot Scan Analysis

Featuring both static and dynamic modules
Pedometer is a lightweight plantar pressure measurement device which records all the relevant information needed to analyze the foot’s behavior.
Straightforward interpretation of the foot’s function is displayed through high quality graphics. These include highlighting the centre of pressure (GAIT LINE) and maximum pressure throughout plantar contact.
Evaluate
• Pressure
• Function
• Symmetry
• Timing
• Balance
• Orthotics
• Footwear
Quick Detailed Reports
Dynamic Features

General pressure overview: mean,
max and pressure time integral

Frame by frame with centre of progression,
max value and force vs. time curves.

Visualization of pressure: mean,
max and pressure/ time integral.
Static Features

Centre of progression of each foot, Stabilometry: Quantifies sway in
centre of force & distribution. anterior/ posterior and sagittal perspectives.

3D visualization in max or mean values.

BIOMECHANICAL ASSESSMENT
Biomechanics is the scientific study of forces and the effects of those forces on and within the human body.
The field of biomechanics can analyze and interpret the cause and effect of forces applied to and by the body. Biomechanics are involved in a range of activities, from technical performance analysis, to injury prevention and rehabilitation methods.
A Biomechanical Assessment involves a complex evaluation of the feet, legs and body position whilst weight bearing and non-weight bearing.
The biomechanical examination is a critical parts of the evaluation for functional foot our insole.
The information gained from a biomechanical assessment forms the basis for a rehabilitation programme, or if the problem is mechanical – an orthotic prescription.
What happens in a Biomechanical Assessment session?

The assessment consists of, muscle strength, range-of-motion at the lower limb joints, and the angular relationships of the segments of the foot and leg.
The Podiatrist will also collect information by performing a computerized gait analysis of your feet.

The podiatrist’s evaluation will mainly concentrate on the assessment of the hip, knee and ankle joints.
If your condition is caused by a mechanical imbalance of a joint your Podiatrist may prescribe our insole. Our insoles are devices designed to improve the way in which joints are aligned and take the form of shoe inserts.

Biomechanical assessment can help with:
• Shin Splints
• Runners Knee
• Pronated feet
• Heel pain
• Plantar fasciitis
• Limb length discrepancies
• Low back pain
• Knee pain
• Forefoot and toe pain
• Ankle pain
• Bunions
• Hammer toes
• Flat feet
• Morton’s neuroma
• Metatarsalgia
• Corn & Callous
• Osteoarthritis

Procedure
The manufacturing of the customized Insoles are diving in four categories:
• Clinical and Functional Examination: taking care of patient starts with a clinical and biomechanical examination. A good understanding of medical and functional problems is necessary for quality treatment.
• Molding in compensated dynamic posture: Molding of orthoses is done in the standing position. The posture of the foot is compensated while respecting the neutral articular alignment. The patient benefits from idealized functional quality.
• Progressive and comfortable functional compensation: the grinding method in one workshop allows precise control of the movement of the foot in the three phases of a step (tailgate, plantigrade, digitigrades)
1. Assessment-A thorough biomechanical examination is carried out to assess the problem. This may include motion analysis, muscle strength testing and gait analysis.

2. Foot Measurement-A measurement of your foot is taken so that we can get a cast of your foot
3. Impression-An impression of your foot is taken, so that an accurate mould can be made of your foot
4. Grinding & Finishing-The orthotic (foot support) is then hand crafted by skilled technicians to get the perfect fit
5. Fit Orthotic (foot support)

A custom made finished orthotic (foot support)
FAQ’s
1. What are Orthoses (foot supports)?
Orthotics (foot supports) are specially designed shoe inserts, which help to restore the natural position of your foot. The type of orthotic (foot support) we need depends on the type of foot we have, how the foot is changing position and what shoes we wear. By careful selection and design of the correct orthotic (foot support) the foot is able to return to its natural position and function. This will prevent damaging changes in other joints, muscles and ligaments, and reduce foot pain.
2. Is an Orthosis (foot support) just another insole?
No, because insoles are designed to provide a cushioning effect and shock absorption. They may feel comfortable at first but they do not get to the root of the biomechanical cause of the pain or ailment. Orthotics (foot supports), on the other hand, are designed to change and optimize your foot function.
3. Do I need Orthosis (foot supports)?
Many foot symptoms ranging from general aches to painful bone and foot problems such as heel pains, bunions, callouses and hammer toes, are caused by collapsed and fallen arches. Foot orthotics (foot supports) help realign the joints within the foot in order to relieve the various symptoms.

Orthotic insoles (foot supports) may also be used as an alternative to surgery, or after surgery to help maintain proper foot, ankle, knee and hip alignment.
4. What kinds of Orthoses (foot supports) are available?
Various kinds of orthotic insoles (foot supports) are available depending upon your needs of your lifestyle and your feet. The most common type of orthotic insole (foot support) is the rigid orthopedic foot support device made for everyday shoes.

There are other types of orthotics (foot supports) for high heeled shoes and soft, more flexible specialized orthotics to support pressure areas like heel spur to relieve foot pain.
5. Will Orthoses (foot supports) help my foot problems?
Orthotic insoles (foot supports) are helpful for many ailments of the foot; however they are not a complete cure. Orthotic (foot support) devices cannot reverse damage already occurred; they can however reduce the severity of the symptoms and relieve much of the pain caused by the problems you experience. In some cases symptoms can be eliminated. Contact us in Central London now for more information.
State-of-the-art, super lightweight heat mouldable materials are used to create an incredibly accurate mould of your feet. Strategically placed control, shock absorption and propulsive materials provide support, cushioning, protection and performance.
• The insoles are moulded using windlass biomechanics, placing the foot and body into its optimum weight bearing position.