An orthotic blank is chosen based on the patients’ clinical evaluation. The orthotic blank is then heated in a convection oven at 250°F for 3-4 minutes until the inner vinylplex core becomes malleable.
The heated blank is placed on the suspension pillows of the molding stand and the patient’s feet are placed on the heated orthotic blanks. Use the markings on top of each pillow to assist in determining proper heel placement of the heated orthotics.
Position the adjustable knee bar of the molding stand to a 45° angle to the patient’s patellas. The patient’s knees are placed against the knee bar, simulating mid-stance.
The practitioner then palpates the sub-talar joint and positions the patient in their most functional position, which is usually in or about subtalar neutral, utilizing the principles of tri-planar motion.The patient should remain in this position for approximately...