What is the difference between pre-fabricated and custom made orthoses?
Visually pre-made and custom made orthoses look similar. They can both be effective in the treatment and prevention of a number of foot problems. The obvious difference between the 2 is that one is designed specifically to your foot whilst the other is not. Here are some more subtle differences:
1) Bulk: Whilst pre-fabricated devices are easily enough to fit to a jogger it can be problematic to fit them into a mens business shoe and a variety of ladies shoe styles. With custom made devices the Podiatrist controls which materials are utilised which will ultimately affect the size of the device
2) Durability: Pre-fabricated devices are often made with material that wears in a manner that necessitates annual replacement. Many of the materials custom made devices a composed of can last in excess of 4 years. Though it should be noted that that it is best practice to replace your customised device after 4 years as your foot changes
3) Price: Whilst customised devices are superior on a number of levels there is a significant difference in the price. For parents of children whom need orthoses the pre-fabricated devices replaced annually are an economic way of attending to a growing foot
4) Additions: Customised device are designed to specifically fit the contours of the individual foot and the Podiatrist will then fill out a prescription form that the orthotic laboratory uses to apply additional features that are relevant to the clients foot type and problem. This option is not available with pre-fabricated orthoses.
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Posted by Luke Bortolussi : Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry)