Custom orthotics are a prescribed medical appliance that are custom-made to fit a patient’s individualized needs.
A custom-made foot orthotic is made from a three-dimensional model of the patient’s foot and is fabricated from raw materials. It is designed to meet the patient’s unique and specific needs. A custom-made foot orthotic can be:
- “Accommodative” – where the primary goal is to deflect pressure away from ulcers, callosities and painful pressure points
- “Functional” – a device primarily designed to control foot and lower leg biomechanical function which can affect pain or dysfunction in the patient’s feet, ankles, knees, hips, and low back.
Some of the Benefits of Custom Orthotics:
- Alleviating pain in the foot, ankle, leg, and lower back
- Maintaining correct alignment of the foot and leg
- Helping to heal and prevent conditions such as plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia
- Improving balance
- Supporting the arch and heel
- Preventing bunions, hammer toe, stress fracturs and clawed digits
- Absorbing shock and distributing the pressure across the bottom of the foot
- Preventing calluses, corns, and ulcerations by offloading pressure from areas at risk
- Allowing you to stand longer and with less pain, while working, walking or playing sports]
Why Custom vs. Over-the Counter
- Custom-made foot orthotics provide accurate biomechanical assistance.
- There is an ongoing ability to modify the device to create perfect fit and function.
- A vast variety of materials can be used to provide specific support and cushioning for increased function and comfort.
- Custom-made orthotics have a longer lifespan than over the counter orthotics
If required, all ages can benefit from a foot orthotic. From discomfort in the foot to severe problems such as diabetic foot ulcers, a foot orthotic can help a wide range of patients. A detailed assessment should be performed in order to determine whether a patient would benefit from wearing custom orthotics.
At FITT, we use 3D laser scanning technology to mold the custom orthotic. A laser light is moved along the bottom of the patient’s foot to recreate an identical image of their foot. Scans are taken weightbearing and non-weightbearing. The images produced are analyzed and modified by computer software to produce a 3D image that will serve as the electronic mold for the orthotic.