Your body is the only one you’ll ever have. We need to give it all the support we can so it can support us as we go through our daily lives, no matter where we are or what we’re doing. Some of us have conditions that can interfere with “normal” movement, whether it’s due to an injury or a disorder.
In those cases, we have something that can really help us in our time of need, to live life fully, with as much mobility as possible: custom orthotic devices.
How Custom Orthotics Devices Help
A custom device - whether it’s a molded plastic foot orthosis to fit your feet or a knee-ankle-foot orthosis (KAFO) for your leg - has up to three purposes:
- Ensure proper range of motion (to the fullest extent possible)
- Provide proper support for the body part
- Correct abnormal alignment or curvature
Some of these goals are accomplished by helping your body bear its weight properly, such as the case with a shoe insert orthosis. Sometimes, we want to support a weaker limb, such as a leg, by equipping it with an orthosis designed to support the leg whenever it moves (or even is still, when the person is standing).
A device can only help, though, if it’s made properly, and the only way to do that is to create custom devices.
How We Create Custom Devices
At BioTech, we take great care to precisely and exactly measure your body so that we can craft something that is a perfect fit.
We have two main methods of getting an exact fit:
- Plaster casting
- Laser scanning
Plaster casting works by measuring your body part and creating a replica of the part in plaster so that we can get exact measurements.
Laser scanning works by using sophisticated equipment to scan your body part from all angles and upload the data into our computer. From there, we use specialized software to create a 3D model.
Often, we’ll combine the two so we make sure the fit is optimal, especially for more complicated situations.
The end result is an orthosis that fits you like a glove - which is the only way that a device can properly support you and accomplish the goals of the orthosis.
The next time you need an orthotic device, talk to a specialist provider who takes great care to create a custom-fitted piece just for you.
BioTech designs and creates custom orthotic devices for adults and children with a variety of conditions. Contact us if you have questions or want to schedule an evaluation.