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Planning a 3D or 4D Orthotic

A 3mm polypropylene orthotic is rigid and it does not move or flex. This type is very useful for hallux rigidus / hallux limitus where movement of the big toe joint is very painful due to arthritis. It is made exactly to the shape of the foot and is a passive 3D orthotic.

How we make a 3D and 4D orthotic starts with the same principle. Visual analysis is made to determine the ideal foot and ankle position. Measuring angles, an accurate fitting of a corrective orthotic can be made. Sometimes, visual planning is not enough and the acquisition of a high-quality imaging process such as 3D CT scan may be required. The biomedical model, such as a plaster-cast taken from a shaped mould of the foot, is obtained to plan and print the 3D orthotic.

With 4D orthotics, another process is added. Determining the movement and forces to be applied on the orthotic requires patient planning. Restriction of movement in a weight lifter is often required. More flexibility is required in a runner. During 4D orthotic manufacture, the dynamics of the required movement is forecast, depending on the movement and activity level.

Video showing flat foot to normal arch foot corrected by using orthotic.


  • Faisal El bhadri

    April 9, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Ive never heard of this kind of orthotic before. I would like to book an appointment with you guys as I think I HAVE THIS FLAT feet.


    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      April 9, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      thank you for your comment on our blog. We are sorry to hear about your flat feet. You may contact us anytime if you wish to book an appointment
      Dubai Podiatry Centre Landline : 043435390 whatsapp : 0553553024


    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      April 15, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Dear Faisal, yes it is the most common problem that gives a flat foot appearance. Please call or book online with Podiatrist Michelle Champlin for assessment and treatment. Best wishes, Dubai Podiatry Centre


  • Hamad

    April 12, 2018 at 11:03 am

    My kids have this from me and my flat feet. Can we all come in together for checking?


    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      April 12, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Yes Hamad, just let us know how many members of your family are coming. then if all the family members are attending for the same problem we can make it in one consultation. Best wishes, DPC


  • Mark

    April 13, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Should I check my orthotics? They are 3 years old from Adelaide and maybe I should get them reviewed? Thanks.


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