IMPORTANT: Patient Pre-Treatment Briefing
You are about to be assessed by a Practitioner at the Foot Alignment Clinic or FAC.
You will be asked:
- Reason you came to the clinic?
- How long does the pain or discomfort last?
- Your past history of breaks, falls, strains or sprains?
- When and where do you experience pain and for how long?
- What you do to relieve it?
- Any relevant reports, scans or X-Rays or information you have?
- Are you on any medications and your general health?
- Do you see any other health professionals relating to your pain?
You’ll then be asked to lie on a treatment table and examined for: leg length, ranges of motion and sites of pain in you hips, knees, ankles and feet.
Lines will be drawn on your legs, ankles and feet and you’ll have a video gait analysis performed.
If we can see a link between the way your feet move and the pain you experience, we will align and mold your feet on the Vertical Foot Alignment System or VFAS.
Your feet will be measured in US size and you’ll be asked, what type of shoes you mainly wear?
PLEASE NOTE: IT’S EXTREMELY RARE BUT SOME PEOPLE MAY FEEL LIGHT HEADED WHEN THEIR FEET ARE MOLDED.
IF YOU FEEL LIGHT HEADED OR DIZZINESS, TELL THE PRACTITIONER AND THEY WILL ASSIST YOU DOWN.
The reasons could be:
- Standing still for approximately 6 minutes.
- Having something warm under your feet
- Being raised off the floor.
- Having your posture corrected and standing differently.
IMPORTANT: Patient Pre-Treatment Briefing
PLEASE READ THESE NEXT INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
EXPLAINING THE MOLDING PROCESS. *This information will be explained again by the Practitioner, before FootAligner templates are heated and molded under your feet on the VFAS device.
To take a “Corrective Weight-Bearing” mold on the VFAS we need your help.
You’ll be asked to carefully step up onto the VFAS with your Left Foot on the Left Foot Pad and your Right Foot resting behind your Left Ankle, using the hand rails for support.
The Practitioner is going to take hold of your RIGHT foot and guide it where they want it to go, so please RELAX and let them guide your foot where they want it to be. Once your foot is in position, directly above the heated template, you’ll be asked to rest your weight “EVENLY” on both feet, standing upright.
Pressure will be applied under your arch and you’ll be asked to gently roll your RIGHT foot and ankle, as it’s guided into position. You’ll hold that position strong until the Practitioner tells you to relax your weight back down onto your arch and stand normally.
The same will happen to the LEFT foot.
You’ll rest your Left Foot behind your Right Ankle, using the hand rails for support.
The Practitioner is going to take hold of your LEFT foot and guide it where they want it to go, so please RELAX and let them guide your foot where they want it to be. Once your foot is in position you’ll be asked to rest your weight “EVENLY” on both feet, standing upright.
Pressure will be applied under your arch and you’ll be asked to gently roll your LEFT foot and ankle as it’s guided into position. You’ll hold that position strong until the Practitioner tells you to relax your weight back down onto your arch and stand normally.
It will feel like you’re standing on a slope, with a raise in the middle of your foot. You won’t know whether to put your weight in front of the raise, behind it, OR stand with your feet to the outside? Just stay with your weight in the middle, resting your weight, naturally on the arches and your big to will feel like it’s slightly lifted. You may feel a small amount of pain from the force applied to your feet. This is normal, especially if you have sensitive feet or Plantar fasciitis.
If it becomes too much, they can adjust the correction or get you down.
IT WILL FEEL WEIRD! WEIRD IS OK, PAIN IS BAD.
FINISHING THE RIGHT AND LEFT TEMPLATES
After 4 minutes the Practitioner will take hold of the back of your RIGHT heel and guide your foot onto the balls of your toes. Just bend your knee forward so it sits directly above and in front of your knee, with weight on the balls of your feet, especially the big toe…Like taking a step forward but you’re not!
A cool spray will be applied and massaged into the Foot Aligner template and you’ll hold that position for 45 seconds. The template will be removed and your foot guided back onto the foam.
The same thing will happen to the LEFT foot.
Wait for the Practitioner to help you step backwards, down onto the platform and off the VFAS.