Orthotics are a tool used for the biomechanical control of the feet, most often for the conservative control of flat feet.
Many people make the comparison that the functional orthotic is prescriptive and compensating of your foot’s abnormalities, like glasses are for your eyes.
Just like eyeglasses, there are varied levels of prescription, precision and effectiveness in what people will call an “orthotic.” There is also a wide range of pricing that typically does not reflect the effectiveness, longevity and value of the device. The marketplace has many examples of orthotics being sold for hundreds of dollars when they are no more than over-the-counter arch supports costing the vendor a few dollars per pair. Even custom, functional orthotics made by the standard methods only cost the provider a few cents in plaster, time and the laboratory fee.
The state of the art in orthotic data acquisition, design and fabrication is the Bergman Orthotics Labs laser system. It has upheld this position since 1991, and although there are other systems that have capitalized on some of their technology, they are not noted to be optimum.
The primary points of advantage with the Bergman orthotic method are as follows:
- The laser scanner takes 9000 data points of reference in three dimensions from the bottom of your feet and ankles.
- A point cloud is visualized on the computer for measurement and angular correction to .01 degree of accuracy.
- The data and prescription are then sent to a milling machine in Chicago where the orthotic is made to within 1/10000 in. of the data points and prescription.
- Orthotic materials made by this process are typically prescriptive for three times the life span of other products on the market.
- The capital investment to produce this device exceeds $250, 000 in contrast to the standard orthotic labs capital investment of less than $150.
- A pair of the Bergman-designed and -manufactured orthotic devices has remained the same since 1991 at $440, as opposed to an average cost to the other older method devices in Orlando at $500, with a range as high as $800 per pair. Therefore, unparalleled greater accuracy, much greater value brought to bear in production, three times longer prescription lifespan, and less cost than the other older methods available are the advantages of our functional orthotic devices.
Dr. McNamara is the only podiatrist in Florida that has made the $16,000 investment in advanced orthotic technology for the benefit of his patients.