Get ready to slip into the most comfortable orthotics you’ve ever worn!
At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City, we’re proud to be the first podiatry clinic in Seattle to offer our patients custom 3D printed orthotics. This cutting-edge technology is superior to traditional orthotics--giving you a level of precision and comfort that allows you to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
What Are 3D Printed Orthotics?
3D printed orthotics are medical devices worn in your shoes to correct your foot mechanics, giving you the freedom to walk, run, or hike without pain. Patients with conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and other foot conditions will obtain needed relief through this amazing new technology. 3D printed orthotics can also help relieve back and knee pain by stabilizing and improving the position of your feet.
Unlike traditional custom orthotics, 3D printed orthotics have a lattice design allowing for the perfect amount of stiffness and flexibility to support each part of the foot. Thin and lightweight, they are unmatched in the level of comfort they provide for sports, work, and daily activities.
Need more control in one area of your foot?
Where more biomechanical control is needed, the 3D printer fills the lattice-spaces of the orthotic without making it thicker or heavier. The thickness of the orthotic is easily adjusted to meet your individual needs using state of the art 3D printing technology.
How Are They Made?
Our office uses an HP software laser scanner to capture a high-resolution, 3D-picture of the bottom of your foot and lower leg. We also use a special plate to obtain a standing and a dynamic view of your gait, so we can analyze your feet in motion.
Thousands of bits of data are used to create your unique 3D printed orthotics. You’ll be given a detailed review of the scan results to take with you.
How Long Does It Take?
Traditional custom orthotics take six weeks to make. Because 3D orthotics are printed they take a lot less time—typically three weeks.
Made for All of Your Shoes
In the past, you’ve had to purchase orthotics to fit into various shoes. Because of its slim, lightweight design, 3D printed orthotics reduces the need for multiple pairs of orthotics.
Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing
3D printed orthotics keeps our environment green! Go 4 D, the company that produces the orthotics, has been able to greatly reduce production waste compared to manual manufacturing. 3D foot scanner technology eliminates landfill waste from casting materials and the carbon emissions associated with shipping. Non-toxic, bio-compatible 3D printing powder is recycled to optimize usage and minimize waste.
Conditions We Treat with 3D Printed Orthotics
Custom 3D printed orthotics are used to treat many conditions in our office including:
- Plantar fasciitis: inflammation of the connective tissue that runs from your heel to the ball of your foot.
- Achilles tendonitis: inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
- Heel spurs: small outgrowths of bone from rubbing, pressure, or stress.
- Morton’s neuroma: an enlarged, benign growth of nerves between the 3rd and 4th toes.
- Bunions: a large bump that forms on the side of the big toe.
- Hammertoe: toes that curl upward or inward.
- Metatarsalgia: pain and other symptoms in the ball of the foot.
- Stress fractures: hairlines cracks in the bone due to repetitive force
- Haglund’s deformity: bump on the back of the heel.
- Posterior tibial tendonitis: severe flattening of the foot
- Diabetic neuropathy: nerve damage caused by diabetes
- Flat feet: underdeveloped arches
- High arches: places too much weight on the heel and ball of the foot.
Call our office today to obtain your 3D printed orthotics at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.