If you regularly experience foot, leg, or back pain, consider 3D scanned custom orthotics. At North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists, Joshua Epstein, DPM, AACFAS, FACPM, and Sarina Epstein, DPM, AACFAS, use 3D scanned custom orthotics to relieve foot pain caused by underlying medical conditions like diabetes, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis. To make an appointment in Gainesville or Lake City, Florida, call the nearest office today.
What are 3D scanned custom orthotics?
3D scanned custom orthotics are prescription devices you place inside your shoes to correct biomechanical issues, like an abnormal gait. They’re different from over-the-counter heel pads and inserts in that they’re manufactured to support the unique structure of your feet.
Instead of using traditional molds or messy substances like putty, North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists offers 3D scanned custom orthotics. The technology allows for greater precision, a better fit, and improved treatment outcomes.
What are the types of 3D scanned custom orthotics?
North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists offers several types of 3D scanned custom orthotics, including:
Rigid 3D scanned custom orthotics
Rigid 3D scanned custom orthotics are a tough, inflexible material like plastic or carbon fiber. You wear them inside low-heeled shoes with a closed toe. North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists typically recommends this type of orthotic for people experiencing foot, leg, or lower back pain.
Accommodative 3D scanned custom orthotics
Accommodative 3D scanned custom orthotics feature padded, cushion-like materials. These orthotics take pressure off certain areas of your feet, relieving pain caused by plantar fasciitis, plantar warts, or diabetic foot ulcers.
What does getting 3D scanned custom orthotics involve?
At North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists, getting 3D scanned custom orthotics begins with an in-office exam and review of your health history. During the exam, your provider asks about your symptoms, gently presses on your feet and ankles to determine the source of your discomfort, and orders diagnostic imaging.
Your provider also has you walk around the room so they can observe your gait and posture and determine how your hips move.
After gathering the necessary information, your provider takes 3D scans of both feet using a high-tech device. Then, they send your scans to a podiatry lab that designs and manufactures your custom orthotics. When your orthotics are ready, you return to North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists and try them on.
What if my 3D scanned custom orthotics don’t relieve my symptoms?
If you get 3D scanned custom orthotics and they fail to ease your symptoms, contact North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists right away. Orthotics are typically very comfortable and shouldn’t rub against or irritate your feet.
To see if you’re a candidate for 3D scanned custom orthotics, make an appointment at North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling the nearest office today.