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DS PRO

The Smart Insole solution for biomechanical assessment.

In shoe gait analysis allows a natural, real time analysis of a patients walk or run. Gait analysis can be performed as part of a patient’s assessment / consultation whether there is pain present or not. This would allow you to bench mark a patient’s gait for the future should they develop a medical pathology e.g. stroke, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, pathological callus or pain. Alternatively as we increase in age our gait changes due to the rigidity of muscles, tendons and then development of arthritis.

PODOSmart next gen technology is Digitsole Pro (DS Pro) with enhanced features and new Bluetooth connectivity.

Walk

Analyses a patients walk for 1 ½ minutes at a speed between 1km/h (0.6 mph) and 6 km/h (3.73 mph) can be used in conjunction with walking aids. Can be used in sports rehab and general patients with a natural walk on the pavements VS a clinic / pressure plate assessment.

Run

Analyses the run of a patient. Minimum running speed is 8km/hr (4.97 mph). Can be used on a road run, running track or treadmill. On the road or running track allows a more natural running gait.

In shoe

The ability to place in the shoe allows natural gait compared with a static platform

Rehab

Can be used in the rehab of e.g. stroke / elderly patients to encourage walking, through education and not just the rehab of sports injuries.

Cloud based

All the analysis is stored on cloud.


DS Pro Research

Although the research below is for the PODOSmart insoles the Digitsole Pro (DS Pro) has the same inertia device within the DS Pods that were in the PODOSmart insoles. The algorithms are improved although based on the PODOSmart, the only main difference is the connectivity and the charging.

Loukovitis et al., ( 2021) Test-Retest Reliability of PODOSmart® Gait Analysis Insoles

https://canonbury-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/p/michelleg/EVzet0u9Z4VLp61_fWrkklgBt0-kLhq7xhbE5brZg5Y0_Q?e=aGkZ7b

Ziagkas et al., (2021) A Novel Tool for Gait Analysis: Validation Study of the Smart Insole PODOSmart®

https://canonbury-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/p/michelleg/EWr3QLc5BTdHu_YOo5gFaUIBSYShnrTM3Rzm3WkJBSYeZg?e=hazhTV


PODOSmart and Digisole (DS Pro) Comparison

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PODOSmart Digisole (DS Pro)
Good connectivity that doesn’t require a black box
Require GPS signal from a phone or tablet, therefore can be used in any location – sports field etc.
Works on all operating systems and web browsers
Has a pair of rechargeable DS PODs that fit inside all the insoles.
Doesn’t rely on the insoles being charged and ready when the patient attends the clinic.
Has paediatric insoles available from EU size 30
System can be extended in the future with extra pay as you go modules

FAQs


DS Pro (Digitsole Pro) is the “big” brother to the PODOSmart. It is a gait analysis system suitable for the use on people age 7 upwards (with the extra paediatric insoles).

It comes with a carry case containing the following items:

  • 6 insoles with the following sizes: o (EU size) 36/37, 38/39, 40/41, 42/43, 44/45 and 46/47
  • 2 DS Pods (1 right, 1 left)
  • 1 DS Pods charger kit, consisting of a usb charger plug (requires a usb to 13 pin adapter) and a charger dock
  • Document indicating where the user manual may be found and how DSPods can be inserted into Digitsole insoles
  • 1 document describing how to use the charger kit
  • And a strap.
  • The carry case is large enough to kit a small laptop or tablet inside.

The full charge time is 2 hours and 30 mins which will give you a stand by of 1750 hours.

However, remember to charge DS Pods before leaving them disconnected for extended periods of time to avoid damaging the battery.


The Digitsole Pro® interface is compatible with both PCs and tablets (iOS, Android and Microsoft). We advise you to use Google Chrome (version 87 to 90), Firefox (version 82 to 85) or Edge (version 86 to 87).


The DS Pro is an in shoe device and with the Bluetooth technology provided through the pods allows natural walking or running.

For example:

You set the device off within the clinic using the phone app and then ask the patient to go for a walk around the shopping centre or the street the practice is located on. This will allow the patient to go into their normal gait pattern.

Whereas when a patient is asked to walk across a pressure plate often they will hesitate at the edge before walking across it which can lead to abnormal readings.

A pressure plate can’t tell you how much the patient raises their foot from the ground when in swing phase which is useful for rehabilitation.

A pressure plate is unable to analyse a running gait.


This is now done with the DS Pro through your phone app, whereas with PODOSmart it was done on the computer. Making it a lot more accessible.


This is so the DS Pods communicate with the blue tooth device.


This is because the DS Pods once they have communicated with the device, store all the information during the analysis and this is downloaded to the cloud when you press stop.


The data once downloaded can be viewed on a computer. Alternatively you can print pdf report, which can be then shared with the patient or another health care professional.


Digitsole have published that there are no contra-indications to the use of the product; however they have stated not to be used near a MRI scanner. As this has not been investigated for heat and undesired movement within this location. Seehy340- users manual page 4

  • Patients should not be heavier that 200kg (31.5 stone)
  • Patients have to be able to walk 20 steps, this can be with a walking aid e.g. walking stick / Zimmer frame; however it is recommended for the patient to walk a minimum of 1 minute 30 seconds.
  • Therefore they have to have the capacity to understand the instructions for the analysis.
  • Speed for walking is recommended between 1km/h (0.6 mph) and 6 km/h (3.73 mph), below that the accuracy is more limited, also below 1 km/hr (0.6 mph) the patient is seriously at risk of slips, trips and falls impacting on their health and mortality.
  • Speed for running is recommended at 8km/hr (4.97 mph)
  • Children with a shoes size below EU 30 or UK 11
  • Work boots / shoes with a metal mid sole.
  • Adults with a foot size larger than EU 47 / UK adult size 12 / 13.

Yes as long as their shoe size is larger than EU 30 / UK 11 and they can understand the instructions given to enable the analysis.


With an anti-bacterial wipe e.g. Clinell. Do not emerge into water as this could ruin the insole top cover.

Do not put the DS Pods into water, gently clean with a Clinell wipe if required. However they can be used in wet conditions e.g. when it is raining or walking through puddles.


You need to have some basic biomechanic knowledge as this helps with the analysis for the results.

Review the gait cycle, consider what conditions may affect the different phases of stance phase and swing phase. This is where some basic anatomy knowledge will be needed.

Walking analysis from Digitsole

https://canonbury-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/p/michelleg/Ec-XIZ5E5LVPtFvtr_N3QYkBc_9Xv0xbBQgisL4B1DSMCg?e=A2OAE8

Running analysis from Digitsole

https://canonbury-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/p/michelleg/EQ_QPxpScLNMlj32H0zEt-8BxaYbuRf0PJWu-vKu5SByNg?e=pIVmWb

Watch the Canonbury website / emails for training sessions on Biomechanics being advertised, as well as webinars on DS Pro!


The DS Pro currently doesn’t link to any orthotic system. It will give you the information to where there are issues within the gait cycle. However, it is your knowledge and understanding that will provide education to the patient, stretching and strengthening and / or orthotics to manage their issues.