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Prescription Orthotics: An Answer to Your Foot Problems: Part II

Custom foot orthotics are designed specifically for one person’s feet. These Custom devices are made from exact impressions of patients’ feet. Over the counter arch supports are a one size fits all. If you are a size 9 , you get the size 9-10 arch supports regardless of the shape of your feet.

The following sequence of pictures will reveal a few steps in the fabrication process of a custom orthotic device. No two custom orthotics are the same. The following picture sequence will help patients understand the time, effort, complexity and costs behind the prescription custom foot orthotic.

1. Here, I am making plaster impressions of a patient’s foot
Dr. Fritz making plaster impressions of a patient's foot

2. Negative plaster mold
negative plaster mold

3.Pouring plaster into the negative cast
Pouring plaster into the positive cast

4.Removing the negative cast
removing the negative cast

5. A positive mold illustrating the amount of correction needed to balance the foot.
A positive cast illustrating the amount of correction needed to balance the foot

6. Balanced cast before corrections
A balanced cast to perpendicular before corrections added to the cast

7. Positive cast mold with forefoot correction
a positive cast mold with forefoot corrections

8.Completely corrected positive mold ready on the press.
a completely corrected positive mold ready on the press

9.A completed positive mold with the ‘problem spot’ of the foot marked
A completed positive mold with problem spot marked

10. Heating the shell material for the vacuum press.
Heating the shell material for the vacuum press

11. Vacuum press is engaged on the left
Vacuum Press engaged on the Left

12. Grinding the shell of the orthotic
grinding the shell of the orthotic

13. Grinding the posts of the orthotic
Grinding the posts of the orthotic

14. Finished shell before any pads or top covers are added
finished shell before posting or padding

15. Preparing to add other layers
preparing to add other layers

16. Orthotic shell with pads before the top cover is added
orhotic shell with pads before the top cover

17. Nearly completed pressed orthotics
Nearly completed pressed orthotics

18. Adding the top covers
Adding the Top covers

19. Samples of completed orthotics
tl graphite

carboplast with spenco cover

composite filled with cloud bottom

poly with deep heel cup

poly with full length spencod cover

Copy of Carbo

eva

finished orthotic

Nickleplast composite

polypropylene for kids

special polypropylene shell

Dr Fritz has experience as a Podiatric physician and surgeon and also as a Certified Pedorthist. He also has first hand experience in orthotic fabrication. Fritz is President of Allentown Family Foot Care and a member of a team of sports minded podiatrists who share a common goal…Keeping patients on their feet and engaged in an active lifestyle to promote overall health!