Dr. Geldwert on the Importance of Printed Custom Orthotics
Posted by Jenn F. on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine team is always looking for new ways to help our patients. Dr. Josef Geldwert first heard about SOLS custom 3D printed orthotic devices at the New York Podiatric Medical Association’s annual meeting. After speaking with Dr. Geldwert, founder Kegan Schouwenburg decided to add Dr. Geldwert to the SOLS team as a biomechanics advisor. At our practice in NY, we capture images of the feet on a computer tablet and devise a mathematical formula to send off to SOLS for 3D printing and fabrication of a shoe insert that perfectly matches the individual.
What Is 3D Orthotic Scanning & Printing?
In the past, podiatrists made messy plaster molds of the feet to create carbon fiber or fiberglass shoe inserts that would correct structural abnormalities in the feet and straighten the entire body’s alignment. In the present, we use computer technology and 3-D printers to make molds out of materials that are softer, lighter, easier to clean, and more shock-absorbent.
Molded orthotics are used in the treatment of:
- Generalized foot pain
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Ankle pain
- Achilles tendinosis
- Heel pain
- Arch pain
- Flat feet / low arches
- Forefoot pain
In most cases, this product is at least partially covered by a person’s insurance, which helps offset a portion of the cost. Using computer technology also substantially lowers the cost of production for doctors and manufacturers, so the savings can then be passed on to the consumer.
Dr. Geldwert wanted to add SOLS to our practice because the devices are “sophisticated,” “comfortable,” and “corrective.” They are not the only company in 3D orthotics printing, but we like working with them because they offer
- Quick delivery (in less than two weeks)
- Free replacements (for the first year
- Easy scanning and ordering (digitally), and
- Fun personalization (with orthotics in every color of the rainbow).
Best of all, we like the customer experience of working with SOLS, which trickles down to make our practice even better and more competitive.
Why the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine?
There are plenty of board-certified podiatrists offering orthotics in New York City, but few as widely respected as The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Our staff has advised professional sports team and Olympic athletes, served as medical directors for local races, lectured at industry events, and published articles. Most importantly, our approach to foot pain and sports injuries is different than most. “I don’t focus just on the patient’s injury,” says Dr. Geldwert, “but also on the subtleties and causes of the patient’s condition. I like to take time with every patient.”
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.