The 4 essentials for every owner of 3D foot orthoses

Public (en) | March 8, 2023

Orthèses Talaria

The development of 3D printing technology benefits patients, podiatrists, and orthotists alike. However, a few essential points must be made clear to the patient to ensure the orthoses are as effective as possible and benefit from 3D models in the long run. 

Have a pair of shoes adapted to the 3D foot orthoses

The patient’s shoes and feet are both thoroughly examined by the foot care specialist throughout the examination. These are crucial because they provide the medical expert with information about the patient’s movement patterns based on the wear areas on the shoe.

The podiatrist then proceeds to the fitting stage after creating the foot orthoses. To determine whether adjustments are required, they will put it in the patient’s different shoes to determine whether adjustments are necessary. It must be simple to put on, conform to the contour of the shoe, and be pleasant to wear. Some styles of sandals or high heels do not allow the placement of orthoses. The ideal option is to select footwear that provides minimal support for the foot arch and ankle.

Depending on the patient’s condition, the specialist will also use this opportunity to advise the patient on what kind of shoes to choose for sports or daily wear.

3D foot orthoses are more dynamic, lighter, thinner, and better suited to feet and shoes. Additionally, the digital file acquired facilitates the design of many orthoses for the same patient. Such as a pair for their sports shoes and another for city shoes.

Understanding how to properly maintain your 3D printed orthoses 

Even though 3D-printed orthoses are more durable, the patient’s maintenance practices still significantly impact how long they last. If one is careless, even the best quality model will swiftly deteriorate.

You can prolong the use of your orthoses by making a few easy gestures. For instance, take the shoes off at the end of the day to let them air out, occasionally treat them with a product to stop the growth of bacteria, or routinely clean them with mild soap and a moist cloth.

To ensure that the orthoses are adequately adjusted, the patient should follow up with a foot care specialist at least once every one to three years.

Be aware of the possible side effects of wearing custom-made foot orthoses 

Since custom foot orthoses correct posture and initially cause the body to adjust to them, wearing them can have adverse effects, this can occasionally result in pain in the legs, lower back, or foot arch. It is crucial to let the patient know this so they may relax and understand that this is merely a phase of adaptation.

Plan the first follow-up visit for a 3D foot orthosis

In addition to the previously mentioned follow-up sessions, a first follow-up appointment is typically scheduled with the patient about two months after receiving the plantar orthoses because this is the average amount of time for the body to adjust. The goal is to determine how the individual feels when wearing the orthoses (support, adaption, and comfort) and whether their pathology-related discomfort appears to have subsided.

Making the most of 3D foot orthoses

3D foot orthoses are a true advancement in the field of podiatry, improving everything from comfort to efficiency through quick and personalized creation. These models will genuinely benefit patients if the four recommendations in this article are followed. It is crucial to inform them about the value of footwear, the upkeep of 3D orthoses, any potential adverse effects, and follow-up appointments.

Please get in touch with the Talaria team if you want to learn more about the benefits of 3D orthoses over conventional models.