3-D printing: A revolution in precision-fit foot orthotics

Posted at 26th July 2017

Today, there’s a new and exciting way to both measure for and fabricate custom orthotics. Traditionally, providers captured a mold of the foot using plaster or a foam impression box, and then sent these off to a manufacturer to replicate the mold and create a custom insole from those designs.

More advanced technologies have come into play leveraging digital scanners to capture the measurements and 3D printing companies that design the insole.  However, all of these methods utilize a non-weight bearing system for securing the foot, and traditionally only address the top cover when accommodating for daily activity or sports use.

Now, Phits offers patients an activity-specific gait analysis (walking, running, cycling, skiing) that takes a dynamic scan during activity and can translate that data into a custom 3D printed insole. 

Phits is the only system available that utilizes a more functional dynamic scan and can then translate that data within the software algorithm to a truly custom made 3D printed insole.

Beyond use for treating existing pathologies and conditions of the foot, ankle, knee, hip, and spine, the system also has an injury screening module that can help identify “at risk” workers or athletes based upon the abnormal forces shown during gait.  This can be very useful from a preventive medicine and cost savings perspective, in addition to help keep athletes on the playing field and off the sidelines. To explore Phits for your practice, click here.