A custom orthotic is a medical device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like shoe insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot and body imbalances. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce the stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into the proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motions that take place during the gait cycle, thereby improving the biomechanics of the ankles, knees, hips, and low back. This can help reduce pain and discomfort in the feet, lower limbs, and the back. Custom orthotics are made from a precise dynamic assessment of your feet and they can be used to treat a variety of conditions.
What Are Custom Footmaxx Orthotics?
The fitting of Footmaxx orthotics involves a specific biomechanical assessment of gait using a very sensitive force plate. The Metascan pressure mat scans the stance phase of gait at 150 images per second, whereas the human eye can only observe at a frequency of 7 images per second. This allows us to capture the dynamic function of the patient’s gait and foot function. The Footmaxx diagnostic software analyzes the digital pressure mat and patient date and translates it into a specific orthotic prescription.
Footmaxx orthotics are substantially more specific than the ‘old fashioned’ orthotic casting and foot imprint methods, as it is a dynamic assessment of the patient’s gait and foot mechanics versus a static cast of the patient’s foot shape.