Orthotics look very similar to insoles except they are specifically designed bio-mechanical aids that are customized to your feet in order to correct specific foot imbalances. These are designed to alleviate any foot related pain and discomfort. Orthotics may also assist in relieving stresses on the knees, hips and back. At East Liberty Medical Clinic our Foot Specialist- Tony Hu, B.Sc. D.Pod.M., will specifically assess your gait statically and dynamically. The key to a successful and functioning orthotic is a proper foot assessment. Depending on the location of the pain, the orthotic is customized to alleviate the symptoms you are having. Orthotics are also customized and designed to prevent any future foot problems/or abnormalities.
What does a biomechanical/gait analysis entail?
A biomechanical and gait analysis includes a full assessment of the foot/leg. Proper ranges of motion will be assessed from the foot all the way up to the hip. You will be assessed non-weight bearing, weight bearing, and dynamically while walking. Special attention will be placed on areas where you feel the most discomfort and pain. The orthotic will be modified and customized to your foot type and will be adjusted by the lab to our specifications.
How Will I Be Casted For the Orthotic?
Plaster Cast and/or 3-dimensional Laser
Our clinic uses a state of the art 3-Dimensional laser to capture your foot. The laser captures your foot in a 3-D image and is then sent electronically to the lab. The lab gathers the data from the 3-D cast and your foot is milled out onto a block of wood (essentially having your foot there). There your orthotic is custom molded and made by hand. The 3-D laser also employs 2 opposing cameras which is used to capture any dermatological conditions such as corns and calluses. The lab can use those images to make adjustments to the orthotic to offload those pressure related areas.
Traditional plaster cast is also available at the clinic. Essentially, the manufacturing of the orthotic is the same with the exception that the plaster casts would need to be sent to the lab.