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MASS4D® vs Traditional Foam Orthotics

by MASS4D® Prescription Orthotics August 10, 2016

MASS4D® vs Traditional Foam Orthotics

A key component in the manufacturing of MASS4D® orthotics is the integrated multi-axial theory, which considers each individual articulation as part of a well-connected chain with spheres of influence ranging between distal to proximal in relation to the problematic area.

The functional integration of the foot and ankle becomes an area of prime interest in this regard especially when examining the chain reaction it sets forth during the gait cycle.

In addition to supporting the weight of the body in motion, the bones in the ankle and foot are responsible for propulsion and balance which are also essential to the whole process of walking.

As a result of this dynamic link, there are constant postural adjustments and readjustments the body undertakes on variable terrains and at variable speeds.


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A good orthotic, in this regard, should work to support the foot in its corrective position while providing for anatomical variations and flexibility differences.

This can only be achieved through a comprehensive biomechanical assessment, which identifies not only the deformity but also the point of origination.

This is the mark of a truly custom-made orthotic, which is calibrated to accommodate the specific needs of every individual’s condition rather than create a “one-size-fits-all” solution.

Traditional foam orthotics enable the distribution of kinetic forces and pressure on the bottom of the foot from one area to another, providing symptomatic relief but failing to address the root cause of the problem, thereby having a minimal effect on movement.

This perhaps stems from the many limitations of designing an orthotic in accordance to the uniaxial subtalar neutral theory, which fails to provide for the multifunctional aspect of the kinetic chain.

MASS4D® orthotics attempt to support the motion of the foot before any pathological movement occurs, in order to prevent the onset of excessive structural collapse.

The mechanical ‘leaf spring’ effect of this full-contact orthotic under the arch of the foot, applies the greatest corrective force to the plantar surface, facilitating healthy supination balanced with functional pronation. This enhances an even distribution of soft tissues, boosting proprioception capabilities and optimising joint alignment.

This is the reason for the success of MASS4D® orthotic in active rehabilitation programs and for treating lower extremity biomechanical faults.

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