The use of 3D-printed foot orthoses can alleviate and even treat a variety of foot issues. Their effectiveness varies depending on the condition. In this article, we showcase which pathologies are best treated with these supports.
How does a 3D-printed foot orthosis work?
A three-dimensional sensor is used to scan the foot to create the 3D foot orthoses. The foot is scanned in its entirety to obtain a 3D image, which is then sent to a laboratory to be converted into foot orthoses and 3D printed.
This type of support is intended for all patients, children as well as adults, the elderly and athletes, or anyone suffering from foot problems. Numerous foot pathologies can be treated with it, such as deformity, diabetes, bad posture, biomechanical disorders, etc. Indeed, the plantar orthoses by 3D printing have the benefit of being completely moulded on the patient’s foot. It precisely pinpoints the issue while taking into account the patient’s unique characteristics down to the millimetre.
More conditions treated by 3D-printed foot orthoses
Custom-made foot orthoses not only treat plantar disorders but also directly affect the lower limbs and back. Although they can be used to treat a variety of conditions, this kind of orthosis is especially suggested for the following pathologies.
The arch of the foot collapses in the case of a flat foot, leaving only a very small or nonexistent curve. When walking, this disorder causes the foot to rotate both inward and outward, causing a muscular imbalance that is reflected in the lower limbs. Along with having a flat appearance, it is primarily distinguished by pain in the lower back, ankle joint, and arch of the foot.
Wearing 3D-printed orthoses in this situation is the best choice because they provide the foot’s arch with personalized support, effectively relieving pain and restoring the foot and ankle’s balance.
Inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel to the forefoot causes plantar fasciitis, which can cause more or less intense pain in the arch and heel of the foot when taking the first steps in the morning or after a certain amount of time spent sitting down.
3D orthoses have multiple effects on this pathology. They can support the heel and arch of the foot more effectively because they are completely moulded to the shape of the foot. They can also stabilize the aponeurosis to prevent further stretching, distribute pressure evenly under the foot, and absorb shocks to relieve the heel.
The benefits of using 3D printing to create foot orthoses
With the exceptional medical precision provided by 3D technology, plantar orthoses can better fit the unique characteristics of each patient’s foot. For a perfect fit, even the smallest relief is taken into consideration, providing support and personalized correction, all while increasing comfort.
3D orthoses are advantageous for podiatrists and orthotists alike. The prescription is entirely computerized, the impression is simpler and faster, and the risk of error is drastically reduced.
Choose the precision of 3D foot orthoses for your patients
Although there are still some plantar disorders that are treated with traditional orthoses, they cannot compare to the accuracy and superior quality of 3D-printed supports. This technology is currently the most beneficial and efficient for treating the aforementioned pathologies, both for patients and healthcare professionals alike.
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