The pelmatographer is a medical diagnostic device that does not produce
radiation. It comprises thousand of sensors that record and analyse walking and produce two-dimensional and tree-dimensional graphic representations in order for the expert to recognize the anatomic alterations and problems of the lower limbs.
The pelmatogram may be static or dynamic. During the static pelmatogram at the upright position, the patient stands on the measurement mat in order to calculate his/her balance and the distribution of weight. During the dynamic pelmatogram, the patient is walking freely on the mat. The information that is collected is very important and useful in order to determine the necessary measures that need to be undertaken to correct the problem, which are:
- The recording of the high foot pressure, balance, comparison between the two feet, the area of support, the position of the heel, the pressure exercised on the arch of the foot, any deviations from the angles or distances between the axons chosen by the examiner and the two-dimensional or three-dimensional representation.
- However, the analysis proceeds even further with the film depiction of the gait and its comparison and categorization, the length of the pressure etc.
This data is very useful in the documentation of the problem, damage or injuries (neurological, myoskeletal dysfunctions in children an adults) in order to draw the appropriate method of treatment. The areas of application are numerous according to the international bibliography and apply to:
Athletic medicine: Fatigue syndromes, tendonitis, Plantar fasciitis, anatomic peculiaritis etc. that burden not only the other foot but the motor chain as a whole (knee, hip, back)
Pediatrics: Walking impairments, such as pes pronatus, pes abductus, Steppage gait, Metatarsus adductus, neurological conditions etc.
Pathology: Metabolic conditions, sucha as diabetes and its implications to the lower limbs. The evaluation of the pressure to the foot is very important for the prevention of ulcerations and amputations.
Surgery: Before after any operations on the metatarsi.
Rheumatology: Very important for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis due to the deformities that may cause to the lower limbs.
Neurology: For conditions that cause damage to the cerebellum and affect balance.
Traumatology: After fractures, strains etc. as well as a long list of other conditions.
Some of the benefits of the pelmatographer is that the patient does not feel anything, no drugs are used, the examination is not costly, and may be completed in less than 20 minutes. After the completion of the examination, it may be necessary to manufacture special sole by specialized scientists in order to solve the problem.