Orthotic insoles are special shoe inserts that can be used to treat numerous foot conditions. There are many different types of orthotic insoles, and they will vary in materials and features based on where you get yours.
HISTORY OF ORTHOTICS
Orthotic insoles have been successfully used for centuries as a treatment for foot pain and to improve comfort. The materials used and the theory behind them have evolved and changed over time. Originally made with metal, they now use specialized plastics. The comfort and fit of orthotic insoles have improved to provide the best solution for people that need to wear them.
PODIATRIST AND ORTHOTICS
Podiatrists are experts in foot care with training in foot anatomy, biomechanics, and prescribing orthotics for therapy. At our foot clinics, we assess all our patients looking at symptoms, their footwear, activity and recommend orthotic therapy options if needed.
HOW DO ORTHOTIC INSOLES WORK?
Our patients always ask us this question and feel that as Podiatrists, we should be able to answer it as best as possible. The goal of orthotic therapy is to reduce internal and external forces which are acting on specific parts of the foot, to treat the injury, and reduce foot pain.
- GROUND REACTION FORCE
Orthotic insoles alter pressure coming from the ground to the foot (ground reaction force) when you stand, walk or run. By altering these forces, we can achieve better foot function and reduce any excessive forces that lead to a foot injury.
- ORTHOTIC DESIGN
Depending on pathology and where your foot pain is located, different orthotic design with specific features can change location, magnitude, and timing of force acting within the foot. These excessive forces inside the foot and ankle are the cause of nearly all mechanically related injuries that we treat on a daily basis.
CUSTOM ORTHOTIC INSOLES
Custom Orthotic Insoles (inserts) are medical devices that are made from the impression of your feet. They are then fabricated in an orthotic lab by a licensed orthotist from the Podiatrist’s Prescription based on your specific needs.
Patients are Surprised at the Results
The results are inserts that are custom-fitted for your shoes for realignment and support of the feet and ankle.
Often, our patients are amazed at what the prescribed inserts can do. Orthotic insoles can modify structural and functional characteristics of the skeletal system, helping to alleviate the painful conditions resulting from foot and ankle maladies.
CAN YOU BENEFIT FROM ORTHOTIC INSERTS OR ORTHOPEDIC SHOES?
Orthotics are custom inserts or orthopedic shoes designed to ease and prevent foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain.
If you experience pain in these areas that worsens with activity, you may be a candidate for orthotics.
Other signs include shin splints, pain in your calves, heels, or arches. Orthotics are one of the best preventative measures you can take before pain reduces your ability to walk or functional level.
Speaking to a podiatrist and educating yourself on your foot type can help you recognize signs and symptoms that can be indications for custom orthotics or therapeutic shoes.
WHAT’S THE IDEASTEP CUSTOM PROCESS
- Get foot data, the acceptable forms include:
- 3D foot scan data STL format (or other formats) – we use DELCAM software to parse
- Bioform Box
You can get the data from the clinic or hospital or any podiatrist.
- Make Orthotic according to the client’s prescription
The patient can use our prescription or any prescription they get from clinic or hospital;
- there are two situations for the 3D model
- Client finish designing the 3D model to let us produce directly
- We design the 3D model and put it into production.
- Use the following two different technics to make products as per client requirements
- CAD-CAM ORTHOTIC by CNC MILLING PROCESS
- Heating and Vacuum pressing process
- Pack according to customer requirements and arrange express delivery to the door