MASS4D® vs. The Traditional Orthotic

While considering the key differences between MASS4D® orthotics and traditional orthotics, it is important to note the level of attention that is involved in the manufacturing and casting process. In addition to an individualised approach to managing lower limb pathologies, MASS4D® guarantees that each product delivers the optimal amount of supportive force required to facilitate a change. 


MASS4D® Orthotics Traditional Orthotics
  TRAINING Certified training programs, based on peer-reviewed science, mandatory for all providers.
Differing levels of certification and training among providers.
  THEORY Provides for a multi-axial postural position of the foot and full body. Provides for a single-axis rotational position correction of the foot.
  CASTING Gait reference casting used to capture foot posture based on a “hands-on” approach and 3D digital data. 2D casting/imaging technology used, which is incapable of obtaining corrected foot morphology.
  CALIBRATION Each orthotic shell is calibrated to patients’ body weight, foot flexibility and activity level. No attention paid to patients’ body weight, foot flexibility and activity level.
  CONTACT Applies the greatest corrective force with no hot spots and an even distribution of force, without the use of modifications. A wide variety of modifications are often used: tilts, grooves, lumps, bumps, flanges, skives, wedges, pads and cushions.
  CUSTOMIZATION The end product is a truly custom-made, full-contact orthotic, which supports the corrected foot position.  The end product is a generic, “one-size-fits-all” orthotic, which fails to support the corrected foot position.
COMFORT Orthotic design facilitates soft tissue compression. No soft tissue compression is facilitated.
REHAB POTENTIAL Establishes a foot posture which results in optimum neuromuscular efficiency and boosts optimal full body arthrokinematics. Incapable of maintaining optimum neuromuscular efficiency due to product collapse, which sees the orthotic lose much of its effectiveness.
RESULTS A visible functional change in gait and full body movement patterns. There is little to no kinematic change observed in the foot.
EASE OF USE Personalised, slim fit and can be accommodated to most footwear. Bulky and can be inserted only in footwear with extra depth.

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