Dr. Huppin and Dr. Hale at the Foot and Ankle Center of Washington are nationally known experts in foot orthotic therapy. If you are a candidate for foot orthotics, they will ensure that you get the best possible orthotics for your feet. Read more here to learn why our orthotics tend to work better than those from most other practitioners.
How Should Your Foot Be Casted for Custom Orthotics?
There are different techniques that can be used to obtain a cast of the foot to make custom foot orthotics. Studies have shown that some techniques are effective while others are not. Unfortunately not all practitioners use the methods that have been shown to be most effective. This may be because they are not familiar with the literature, because they want a faster or cheaper way to take the image of the foot, or because they were sold a “computerized” system that looks impressive but does not work particularly well.
If you are asked to walk across a computerized force plate to have the orthotics made, look for another practitioner. Studies have shown definitively that effective orthotics cannot be made from this technique.
The only casting method that has been shown in the medical literature to be effective in producing the most effective custom foot orthotics is a three-dimensional non-weightbearing cast or image of the foot. In this technique the foot is held in a precise position – essentially the position in which it should function. The image of the foot can be taken using plaster, fiberglass, or a laser scan.
For residents of Bainbridge Island who need foot orthotics it is worth the ferry trip to Seattle to ensure that you get the best possible orthotics to take care of your condition.