Increased accuracy with faster more efficient results. 3D foot scanners allow podiatrists to quickly scan the feet to create custom orthotic devices tailored to the patient’s individual foot.
How does 3D scanning work?
1) Scan: The doctor will use a handheld 3D scanning device to scan the patient’s feet. The process will only take around 3-6 minutes.
2) Assessment: Once the scanning is completed, the doctor will specify any modifications needed along with a diagnosis
3) Produce: The data will be sent to the laboratory directly for producing the insole. The production will take around two weeks. Then the product will be shipped.
4) Fitting: Once the insole arrives, the patients will be asked to come back for fitting. If the new insole is fine, the patient can start using it at once. Follow-up consultation will be scheduled a month after the fitting to check how the patient is progressing.
New Digital Approach: 3D Scanning
The use of the 3D scanner and app can reduce the lead time of the production significantly; patients can begin their orthotic treatment earlier. The high accuracy of the scan will make the orthosis a better fit and better support to the patients.
Due to the limitation of movement or injury, some patients may not be able to perform casting in the traditional way. Now with the aid of 3D scanning, they are able to be scanned much more quickly and accurately. Once the scan is completed, the prescription of the orthosis then can be done with the patients’ input at the same time.
With the 3D scanner app, the doctor will now have all the patients’ details, prescriptions and information on hand which speeds up the process of making follow up orthosis
Who needs custom made orthosis?
Podiatrists recommend patients with recurring or chronic symptoms related to standing, walking or running should use orthosis. Or patients who have problems with alignment of the foot and ankle that cause pain or issues to different parts of the body. Orthosis can also help runners and athletes minimise injuries and maximise their performance.
Also people who may have had partial amputations of the foot or specific foot deformities may require a special insole/prosthesis to accommodate. 3D scanning allows for accurate measurements and production of these types of devices.
Diabetic patients and other high-risk patient categories particularly need footwear advice, treatment and education.