3D Printed Custom Orthotics
What Are Custom Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts that you place inside your shoes in order to better support and cushion your feet, or to readjust the alignment and biomechanics of your feet as you stand and walk. You might have seen mass-produced orthotics in the store or even advertised on TV, but they can be much more than that. At our office, we use both prefabricated and custom orthotics extensively to treat a wide variety of painful foot and ankle conditions effectively.
If you want a useful analogy, think about glasses and contacts. On their own, your eyes might not be able to bring objects into sharp focus. Things are blurrier than they should be, and your quality of life suffers. But when you put on your corrective eyewear, they give your eyes what they need to do their job correctly.
Orthotics are like that, except for the feet. On their own, the structural or gait problems with your feet may be painful and frustrating to deal with. But the right pair of orthotics can relieve pressure and adjust posture and alignment issues to get your feet working the way they should.
If you suffer from foot pain, often face foot injuries when playing sports, or have diabetic foot issues, it may be time to get custom orthotics from Hicksville Podiatry in Hicksville, NY. Many foot conditions can often be treated conservatively and the best option is often custom orthotics. Make an appointment today to see if they are right for you.
What Conditions Can Orthotics Treat?
Orthotics are extremely versatile tools. They can come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be made from a wide variety of materials, from soft silicone to semi-rigid graphite and hard plastic.
While you can’t expect that picking a random insert off the shelf will fix your ailment, choosing the right pair of orthotics for your feet and condition can:
- Relieve foot pains and aches, whether located in the heels, arches, or forefoot
- Assist athletes suffering from foot-related performance issues and reduce their risk of injury
- Fix biomechanical gait and alignment problems, in young children as well as adults
- Protect diabetic feet and reduce the risk of developing wounds and ulcers
- Protect and support feet after reconstructive surgery to prevent recurrence of the problem
Prefabricated vs Custom Orthotics
Prefabricated orthotics that are mass-produced and sold over the counter in stores and pharmacies. They are relatively inexpensive and can often improve or even eliminate mild to moderate foot pain. However, they generally can’t fix alignment issues or treat as many different kinds of conditions as custom orthotics. We carry a selection of good prefabricated in our office, and often recommend these first if we think they can help.
Custom orthotics are prescribed by a specialist and built to the exact specifications of your feet. At our office, we use a non-weight-bearing 3D scanning system to generate a pixel-precise digital map of your feet when placed in a biomechanically ideal position. Custom orthotics can offer better results for a wider variety of conditions, including those that require an adjustment to the alignment or motion of the feet. They are more expensive upfront than prefabricated orthotics, but also last much longer on average and can usually be adjusted as necessary.
3D Printed Custom Orthotics
The lattice design of our 3D printed custom orthotics creates the most lightweight, comfortable, and corrective fit you will ever experience. Learn more about our new orthotics and foot scanning technology.
3D printed custom orthotics offer precision and comfort.
The team/doctors at Hicksville Podiatry are at the cutting edge of new technology and products that will give our patients the best results possible, so they can live an active and healthy lifestyle.
As part of our commitment to innovation, our clinic offers 3D foot scanning with dynamic gait analysis to enable both orthotic recommendations and 3D printed custom orthotics. The team/doctors at Hicksville Podiatry will analyze your findings and prescribe a 3D printed custom orthotic just for you.
A 3D printed custom orthotics allow your foot specialist to design a device that has more precision and comfort than ever before.
For areas of your foot where more biomechanical control is needed, the 3D printer fills the lattice spaces without making the orthotic thicker or heavier.
Other segments of the foot may require more or less support and flexibility. 3D printing can achieve all of this through the variable filling of the lattice framework without the bulkiness or other custom orthotics.
Our 3D-printed orthotics are thin and lightweight, so they will fit in most of your footwear. By wearing your 3D printed custom orthotic as prescribed, you will be pain-free faster!
About 3D Printing
- 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is known to be very precise, and therefore, more reliable than error-prone manual manufacturing, which has dominated the custom orthotic industry since the 1950s. Unfortunately, 3-D printing custom orthotics had not been an option due to slow printing speeds and materials that lacked accuracy, durability, and comfort.
- HP Inc. broke through those barriers through the introduction of a revolutionary Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer, patented biocompatible nylon printing powder, and lattice design that offers unprecedented comfort and control while maintaining a thin profile that will fit in most shoes.