At Firefly, we have been promoting the capture of patient foot data digitally for many years. We’ve tested and reviewed many scanning solutions from the Delcam iQube flat-bed scanner to ScientiFeet’s hand-help impression device but, to date, the iPad and Structure Sensor combination are forging ahead as podiatrists digital foot capture technologies of choice.
As greater numbers of podiatrists adopt scanning technology to capture patient foot data, one question consistently comes to the fore; how do I correctly position the foot when scanning with the iPad and Structure Sensor?
The preference for UK and Irish podiatrists, when casting using plaster of Paris (POP), is to position the patient prone, while the foot is in a non-weight bearing, neutral suspension position.
As both hands are required to hold the iPad and Structure Sensor during the scanning process, an assistant is often needed to capture the scan while the podiatrist holds the patient’s foot in the corrected non-weight baring position. For some, this is a significant barrier to using the iPad in clinic, particularly for podiatrists who work remotely or those who may not have the luxury of additional clinic staff to capture the scan.