We offer you all of our expanded services, including consultations with our friendly staff, so we can provide you with the peace of mind of seeing and receiving the superior quality and craftsmanship expected in all of our devices, with a better price to suit.
With our high quality staff, state-of-the-art technology and commitment to excellence, we believe we will be your first choice for all of your rigid orthotic requirements.
Sole Performance Orthotics has been serving the Australian Podiatry industry since 1992 as a manufacturer of polypropylene orthoses.
Since its inception Sole Performance Orthotics has been pushing the technological advancement of computer aided orthotic design, being one of the major catalysts for the creation of software suites that have helped to shape the orthotic industry into what it is today.
In 2011, Cadcam Orthotics (EVA based laboratory) and Sole Performance Orthotics (Polypropylene based laboratory) strengthened their existing businesses by merging. The idea of the merger was to provide a high-end orthotic solution combining decades of industry experience in respective manufacturing techniques.
Sole Performance and Cadcam Orthotics now operate out of the same facility in South Australia, and are confident that we can meet any orthotic demand using our combined expertise.
CAD is constantly evolving and improving, and Sole Performance orthotics are at the forefront. Alongside Cadcam Orthotics we have designed our own CAD software capable of producing customised orthoses. As the CAD software is an in-house product it is constantly improving based upon the demands of our Australian customers. Utilising the services of our laboratory will allow you to have input on the development of industry leading software.
Podiatrists using our laboratory may send us casts of any medium, whether this be physical or digital. We have developed teaching techniques to help assist podiatrists in getting optimal 3D scans using a number of different laser and photographic scanners and are always happy to assist our clients.
Our process utilises high quality 3D photographic scans of the patient's foot. Using these scans we can make adjustments to create a customised foot positive. These foot positives are machined from a solid block of MDF using a CNC router. By machining a foot positive we are then able to heat mould polypropylene of required thickness. We have found through experience that direct milling of polypropylene provides poor results. This is purely based on extensive customer feedback. Vacuum forming polypropylene orthoses improves the properties of the product and makes the resultant orthoses easier to adjust for the practitioner. These moulds are either saved in a digital format, or they are sent back to the practitioner.
Although constantly advancing our products, we only offer products to our customers that are based on extensive trial and error.
This has lead our software to include a full range of functionality and support for additive manufacture.
3D printing is yet to provide a material capable of producing a lasting orthotic. We are constantly on the lookout for advances in this technology and will look to provide this service to our customer base when we have a reliable and consistent product.
Our prescription form is available to download and print for returning it to us digitally or send it by fax.
Please contact us if you are needing any assistance with completing this form.
Sole Performance has a preference for capturing directly to 3D digital imaging, but we do accommodate for the various other ways a Practitioner cast their patients foot.
Whichever the method, we will keep in touch with the clinic to work with the Practitioner or any other staff member, to give them an understanding of what will work best to achieve a result that will help us both, and likewise for their clients.
Please use our Online Enquiry form for any of your feedback and suggestions, or any other formal request.
3D digital scanners when calibrated can provide accurate measurements for fabrication at a big saving in time and labor for the laboratory and podiatrists.
With repeatable measurements and a digital record, a scan can be compared with an earlier one, which is helpful for assessing changes in the foot, especially with progressive conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or arthritis.
It is easy to print out a scaled image of the scan to check against the device, and provides an effecient way to check measurements for metatarsial pad or metdome/bar placements, that can be specified by the podiatrist.
Impression foam casting has the obvious advantages of being both quicker and cleaner. It offers a good method of creating a negative of the patient's foot.
The patient should be seated in a chair with both feet plantargrade. It is important that the cast be taken slowly with the practitioner in control and guiding the descent of the foot.
It is best not to take impressions on a floor that may cause the box to slide halfway through the process.
A good controlled cast will not crack or split the foam around the perimeter.
Impression foam is the method of choice when you are making accommodative foot molds.
Using plaster has been the traditional method of casting a foot as it is the most practicle way and relativly cheap, and easy to do. It is the optimum method of capturing the foot in subtalar joint neutral.
It is done non-weightbearing with the patient lying either supine or prone, and thumb and index finger loading and controlling the fourth and fifth met heads. Before drying is complete, make sure that the final cast is a true image of the patient's foot.
Specific anatomical points or regions in need of relief can be marked in a dark pen or pencil. Plaster casts should be left out to cure and dry for 24 hours before being sent off.
If you lack time, plaster splints, or technique, then it may be best to avoid the plaster slipper cast.
The Slipper type sock cast can be a convenient way to capture the shape of a patients foot without the mess of plaster.
It can reduce the overall casting time by as much as 50%, which helps when holding the foot in a "neutral position" because it will maintain its form in less than a couple of minutes.
You can then easily transfer marked regions drawn on the foot. The cast will be fully hardened after an hour or so.
Video Tutorial: Casting process for a STS Slipper sock.