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Why We Do Not Use Two-Dimensional Casting

by MASS4D® Prescription Orthotics July 06, 2016

3D Foot Cast

With a goal to elevate the very standards of orthotic intervention, MASS4D® continually aims to better understand the intricacies of functional biomechanics.

One method of accomplishing this is by employing high-calibre casting techniques, which counteract much of the problems commonly associated with traditional casting methods.

Two-dimensional pressure plates and mats that are used in manufacturing custom orthotics represent the biggest problems.

Although clinicians can alter and adapt data derived from these methods, it remains a software interpretation of the analog data and fails to provide any reference to a corrected closed-chain posture, skeletal alignment and necessary soft tissue displacement.


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These ultimately fall short in providing an accurate depiction of the foot’s morphology.

Clinically, pressure mapping may have utility in conjunction with a proper physical assessment of the “at-risk” diabetic population and those with rheumatoid arthritis. This allows for patient education and marketing, in terms of the information and graphs of the abnormal foot pressure.

Measurements of two-dimensional plantar surface cannot provide accurate information in the vertical dimension and cannot capture physical foot anatomy in its corrected position.

These limitations result in orthotics that are generic in shape and lack the specifications required for successful treatment outcomes.

MASS4D® focuses on gaining better insight into the anatomy of the foot by manufacturing orthotics that are both corrective and ideal to the patient’s anatomy thereby producing top-quality products which continue to grow in demand in the market.

Gait reference casting and three-dimensional digitisation of data provide the foundation for this success.

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