How does this process work?
Foot orthoses (inner soles, orthotics, shoe inserts) come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and materials. At Bounce Podiatry, our custom orthoses are 3D-printed. Made to measure for your feet, they are precisely cut which results in an excellent fit. These are prescribed to suit individual issues.
Custom foot orthoses are recommended for those who:
- require a significant degree of control
- are hyperirritable to generic orthoses
- would like them fitted into special footwear such as footy boots.
The process of making custom foot orthoses starts with a thorough consultation and biomechanical examination with your podiatrist. This allows us to understand your lifestyle. activities and goals. We assess how your entire body functions, what footwear you have and what pathologies or issues you have that can be managed with the orthoses. We take a holistic approach to ensure you receive the most beneficial orthotic prescription.
If the podiatrist deems having foot orthoses is beneficial in your treatment plan, the next step would be to take a 3D laser scan of the foot. A special laser scanner is placed onto a tablet which enables us to take a 3D image of the foot. This process takes less than 5 minutes. It’s safe, non-invasive and much less messy than taking a plaster cast. Everything is digital so the scans are stored and transferred immediately. There’s no risk of losing or damaging things in transit. The cherry on top is that the 3D laser scan of the foot is just as accurate as traditional styles of obtaining foot impressions.
Next, the podiatrist works alongside the orthotic laboratory to create your prescription using a computer-assisted design program.
The prescription depends on
- what type of footwear the orthoses will be going into
- the shape and biomechanics of the foot
- what the podiatrist wants to achieve.
There are hundreds of ways a podiatrist can modify an orthotic prescription to suit each patient.
After previewing the final design, the orthoses are manufactured by a 3D printer which layers the printing material based on the preview model. Once printed, the foot orthoses are hot so they are left to cool for up to 24 hours. The process of making a pair of foot orthoses from a scan takes approximately 3 days, then they’re ready to be sent to the clinic.
Why 3D orthotics over more conventional orthotics?
3D-printed foot orthoses are more sustainable than the conventional alternatives. The 3D production method means there’s less waste because there’s no excess material. On average, we save 1.4 kg of plastic from ending up in our landfills for each pair of 3D-printed foot orthoses manufactured compared to foot orthoses produced via the traditional method. 3D orthotics are
- Fast and efficient
- Produced with minimal mess
- Accurate and effective
- Environmentally friendly
We’ll find a solution that suits you
We are committed to solving the problem rather than offering a quick fix. In addition to treatment we’ll provide advice on how you can make small adjustments to reduce your pain, minimise the risk of injury and improve your quality of life.