3-D and kinetic shoe test (COMFT TEST)

3-D and kinetic shoe test (COMFT TEST)

3d foot

This test offers a shoe analysis far beyond that offered in shoe shops or the vast majority of sports injuries clinics.  Most shoe tests are subjective and have limited scientific value.  We offer a quantitative scientific analysis of the shoe, using advanced 3-D Vicon motion capture and kinetic/pressure technology. Typically, a shoe test will follow a biomechanical assessment to determine which kind or model of shoe is likely to be best. The patient may be asked to acquire several pairs of shoes so that the optimal model can be selected.

Please Note: Most shoe shops will accept the return of shoes, providing that they are not damaged or soiled (worn outside) so therefore the shoes that are not selected would be refundable by the shoe shop. In the case of sports shoes, we can recommend shops who operate such policy.

The London Podiatry Centre  has developed a shoe assessment called the COMFT  where a number of highly specific and accurate tests are undertaken to assess the efficiency of footwear.   These test measure the timing and efficiency of re-supination (i.e how effectively the foot re-arches to become a stiff lever for push off)  by tracking the heel using our 3d Vicon system.  The general stability of the shoe is also assessed by means of a postural sway test using a mat with hundreds of sensors.  See our news section for information on the results of our shoe tests.

The completed test results in a score.  The closer to zero the more efficient the nature of the shoe. 


The following information provides additional technical data for practitioners interested in our test

The COMFT  uses Vicon 3d technology and "Visual 3d" software to formulate an "efficiency score".  The measurements that make up this score as as follows;


1) Maximal eversion of the posterior heel counter of the shoe in relation to leg 

2) Time to re-inversion of posterior heel counter as percentage of stance phase

3) Efficiency of inversion relative to heel strike

4) Postural sway analysis using "distance" as key measurement.