Custom Foot Orthotics: The Latest Technology Is Now Available at Our Office
Posted by Jenn F. on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
The doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are at the cutting edge of new technology and products that will give you the best results possible so that you can live an active and healthy lifestyle. We all know the future is in 3D printers. Now we can use this amazing technology to scan the contours of your feet and design custom orthotics right here in the office, without having to outsource. As part of our commitment to innovation, we are excited to offer FitStation powered by HP foot scanning technology and 3D printed custom orthotics to our patients. Continue reading to learn more about this exciting new frontier and all its clinical applications.
Who Needs Custom Foot Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are used to address a wide number of medical conditions. It can be part of a treatment protocol for chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and tendinitis. It can help relieve the pressure of a diabetic ulcer. Yet, more often than not, we use custom orthotics simply to correct biomechanical imbalances that lead to generalized pain. Flat feet, high arches, pronation, or supination are common conditions that can cause undue wear-and-tear on the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back—all the way up the biomechanical chain—if not addressed. Shoe inserts can also be used to delay or prevent worsening of conditions like arthritis and bunion development.
Why Go 4-D?
Our office is working with Go 4-D to provide our patients with the latest technology in custom orthotics. Here are some of the benefits of this technology:
- A lightweight, comfortable, and corrective design
- Latticework that offers greater cushioning, without heavy “bulk”
- The thin profile fits in almost any type of shoe
- Better accuracy is guaranteed with nine cameras and a dynamic pressure plate
- The ability to make certain sections more or less flexible, depending on need
- They offer a children’s outgrowth program and an extended two-year warranty
How Custom Foot Orthotics Work
While 3D printing technology has been around for a while, beloved in manufacturing for its impeccable precision, the slow printing speeds and lack of durable materials made it impractical for the orthotics industry. HP’s revolutionary Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer broke down those barriers by offering the ability to print fast with thin, comfortable latticework made from patented bio-compatible nylon printing powder.
When you come into our office, we’ll scan, measure, and perform gait analysis on your feet with Tiger and FitStation—a hardware and software platform powered by HP. Both sets of recommendations will go into creating a 3D printed orthotic unique to your individual anatomy, courtesy of HP’s speedy MJF platform.
Why We Love Custom Foot Orthotics
Custom orthotics are not for everyone, but for a good number of patients, it’s a safe, affordable way of correcting biomechanical issues that would otherwise lead to discomfort and chronic pain. Many patients like having the choice of a treatment option that does not require long-term medicating or invasive surgery. Forecasters believe the market for custom orthotics will grow 7% by 2021, mostly due to the surge of 3D printer advancements happening right now. Orthotics are helping more and more of our patients lead healthy, active lifestyles without foot pain.
Foot pain persisting more than a day or two is not normal. You do not have to suffer! Contact us to find out whether custom 3D printed orthotics can be the solution you’ve been seeking for pain relief. If not, we offer a wide range of other treatment options and a full suite of in-house diagnostic tools to get to the root cause of your suffering.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.