How Orthotics Are Made
There are 3 prominent ways currently used in the industry to capture an image of the foot which provides the customized nature of these devices.
1 – Capture the pressure points from a footprint taken while walking.
2 – Place the corrected foot into a foam box and capture an impression.
3 – Capture a non-weight bearing neutral position suspension casting or scan of the foot. The third method is the tried and true biomechanically sound method and is the standard of care in the podiatric profession. The practitioner places the foot into a corrected position and captures the truest possible image of the corrected foot into a cast or a scan. As a result, the orthotic device provides an effective corrective force to the foot.
One way to look at it is that when the feet are overpronated (arch collapsed) with hypermobility (loose ligaments) and very little intrinsic stability, the podiatric method of casting/scanning provides optimal results.
The orthotic lab receives the cast/scan and measurements with prescription and fabricates the devices which are usually made of a combination of plastic or graphite, foam and leather or spenco. Labs that work with podiatrists’ prescriptions generally have podiatrists on staff to ensure proper quality of fabrication. The orthotic lab that fabricates the devices is a partner in ensuring the quality of the devices.
Dr. Turner and Strut Orthotics use Precision Orthotics from Victoria, BC.