An Orthotic works by forcing your foot into its most anatomically aligned position, which also has an affect on your upper body, allowing it to function in an optimum way.
To make an Orthotic, plaster bandage is wrapped around your foot while you’re sitting or lying down on your back or stomach. Your foot is then held in its neutral position so it lines up with the rest of your leg. The cast is then balanced, poured and modified by adding plaster to the positive cast which is done to try and replicate what your foot would look like in a Corrected Weight Bearing Position, which is a calculated guess at best.
The Foot Alignment System works because of the patented Rearfoot, Forefoot and Arch Alignment Curves, which force the three segments of your foot into their corrected position. No two feet are the same, so the shape and force needed on each foot is different.
Because the feet are corrected and aligned in a weight bearing position the forces and the shape of the orthotic are extremely accurate so the orthotic is not only corrective, but very comfortable.
Research conducted at Latrobe University in Melbourne with 23 Podiatry students issued with The Foot Alignment System orthotics and traditional Non-Weight Bearing orthotics showed that 22 students preferred The Foot Alignment System orthotics with one having no preference to either.