Difference between Custom fit, Custom scan & Custom made
Custom Fit preformed orthotics generally come in sizes small to extra large. They are made to a generic arch height and are normally made out of a soft EVA material similar to the midsole of a shoe.They have a much shorter life span, than custom-made devices and work to displace weight through the foot more evenly.
These devices are generally excellent at quick and short term pain relief. In fact some heel pain conditions, for example, resolve well with over the counter devices as part of the treatment regime. More complex problems though require a custom made orthotic.
Custom Scan orthotics are what your Chiropractor might recommend. Custom foot scan is a digital scan that creates a “custom” orthotic measured out of your shoe size. Thought effective, you will not receive the same level of support you would get from a truly custom made orthotic.
Custom made devices are made from a plaster cast of your feet in combination with a examination measuring biomechanical changes, which reveal your feet, legs and body’s best way of walking and running.
Materials for custom-made devices are more hard wearing these devices are made from a harder plastic that flexes and then returns to its original position. Much like a shock absorber in a car. Custom made devices are exactly that “custom made” they are moulded to the shape of your foot. They can be made to fit into most footwear.
These devices offer permanent solutions in the treatment of weight-bearing realignment, they are utilised in the treatment of acute and chronic foot conditions such as flat feet, high arches, shin splints, heel pain, tendonitis, recurrent ankle sprain, chronic knee pain and stress fractures. Orthotics can also be used as prevention for corns, callous and necrotic ulceration in their capacity to provide pressure redistribution and to supplement and enhance clinical care.
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