University Podiatry Associates uses several state-of-the-art techniques to create custom orthotics for our patients. Our physicians will work alongside the patients to decide on the materials and design of the devices to carefully select which of the many orthotics labs to order from.
Several different techniques are used to create custom orthotics for our patients including a 3DMaxx scanner. This provides a computerized gait analysis that determines where a patient applies the most pressure when walking as well as a 3D image of their feet. Other techniques include a traditional non-weight bearing cast where our physicians use wet plaster to form a mold around the patient’s feet. Once the mold is dry, it’s removed and sent off to the lab. The last technique used in our clinic is a more traditional, weight-bearing impression where the patient will step into a foam box.
University Podiatry Associates is affiliated with several custom orthotics labs to provide the best devices for our patients, including:
- Sole Supports
- Allied OSI
- UW Orthotics
Current Custom Orthotic Patients
Custom orthotics may feel odd at first. Many people are very aware of them for the first few weeks. There may be areas of greater pressure on some parts of your foot than others and the right foot may feel different than the left. This feeling will slowly go away for most people.
It is important that you break in your custom orthotics slowly. We advise that our patients follow a 7-day break in process schedule.
Day 1: 1 hour
Day 2: 2 hours
Day 3: 3 hours
Day 4: 4 hours
Day 5: 5 hours
Day 6: 6 hours
Day 7: 7 hours
If you start to develop discomfort in your knees, hips, or lower back, reduce the amount of time you are wearing the orthotics until that discomfort goes away. If there are still issues regarding the fit, or if your foot problem worsens after 1-2 weeks, please contact our office to schedule an appointment for your physician to take a look at your orthotics.