There has been a lot of buzz about 3D-printed foot orthotics, but does it create any added value or is it pure marketing? Once you start incorporating digital gait data into the digital design, 3D printing is literally adding new dimensions to custom orthotics.
Leo Trayner, CPed, has more than 20 years of experience at Wright and Filippis and is one of the pioneers working with Phits™ Insoles powered by RS Print™ technology in the United States. He started working with the 3D-printed Phits orthotics in 2016 and successfully helped over 500 patients with the combination of digital gait analysis, digital design, and 3D printing.
"At first, I was skeptical, so I challenged the system to the limit with extreme cases, and the bottom line was that the patient outcomes were excellent."
Trayner's skepticism changed to enthusiasm: "The technique to create traditional orthotics through foam impressions or slipper castings is not exact. Data and information provided within the Phits system are scientific based and much more exact. The biggest advantages are labor and time efficiency. I can see more patients, the turnaround times are fast and reliable, and the end product is right from the first time. I can take these out of the box and let the patient walk on them. The 3D-printing technique allows me to incorporate local stiffness or stiffness direction. You simply can't achieve that with another orthotic."
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