Phits and 3D printed orthotics
Phits and 3D printed custom orthotics are the latest technologies to the orthotic market. There are numerous way this new technology can be effective in orthotic manufacture. Each approach has pros and cons, with some being more effective for certain types of clincial presentation and orthotic design type.
We usually take a plaster cast or 3D scan in a non-weight bearing position to ensure we capture the foot in a more neutral position and to maximise control from the orthotics that we prescribe and manufacture.
As part of our biomechanical assessment we have a number of options available to us in relation to our orthotic prescription and manufacture. A few options around both Phits and 3D printed custom orthotics are outlined below.
As experts in the field of orthotic manufacture. We recognise there is not a single approach that can truly deliver the whole variety of custom orthotic design. As such, we use a number of approaches and manufacturing for the wide range of orthoses we provide.
3D Scanned custom printed orthotics
The most commonly used approach for additive or 3D printed custom made foot orthotics and ankle foot orthotics (AFO's) is via scanning technology.
This is done as part of the biomechanical assessment and using a 3D scanning device. This takes a 3D image of the leg/foot and ankle. This digital image is then designed using CADCAM technology to then manufacture the orthosis.
This can be used to design;
Ankle foot orthotics (AFO's)
Protective face masks
Upper limb bracing