3D Scanning for Orthotics

How does the 3D scanning work?

1) Scan: The podiatrist will use a handheld mobile scanning device that can be attached to any tablet, to scan the patient's feet. The process will only take around 3-6 minutes.

2) Assessment: Once the scanning is completed, podiatrist will video record the patient’s standing and walking motion on the treadmill. The video will be used to diagnose and correctly pinpoint the problem of the patient.

3) Produce: The data will be sent to the laboratory directly for producing the insole. The production will take around 4-5 days.

4) Fitting: Once the insole arrives, the patients will be asked to come back for fitting. If the new insole is fine, the patient can start using it at once. Follow-up consultation will be scheduled a month after the fitting to check how the patient is progressing.




New Digital Approach: 3D Scanning 

The use of the 3D scanner and app can reduce the lead time of the production significantly; patients can begin their orthotic treatment earlier. The high accuracy of the scan will make the orthosis a better fit and better support to the patients.


Due to the limitation of movement or injury, some patients may not be able to perform casting in the traditional way.  Now with the aid of 3D scanning, they are able to be scanned much more quickly and accurately.  Once the scan is completed, the prescription of the orthosis then can be done with the patients’ input at the same time, including showing pictures of what the finished orthosis would look like. 


With the 3D scanner app, the podiatrist will now have all the patients’ details, prescriptions and information on hand which speeds up the process of making follow up orthosis, they can also send the data to different laboratories in producing different types of orthoses at the same time. 



Who need custom made orthosis?

Podiatrist recommends patients with recurring or chronic symptoms related to standing, walking or running should use orthosis. Or patients who have problems with alignment of the foot and ankle that cause pain or issues to different parts of the body.  Orthosis can also help runners and athletes minimise injuries and maximise their performance. 


Diabetic patients and other high-risk patient categories particularly need footwear advice, treatment and education.