Technology can do some amazing things these days. While many people spend their time worrying about smart phones and social media taking over the world, there are innovations like 3D printers bettering the lives of individuals by creating things such as prosthetic limbs.
Also called additive manufacturing, 3D printing “is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes…an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created” (3dprinting.com).
The use of 3D printing is also making rapid advancements in the medical field, and can even be used when dealing with serious foot problems. Learn the story of how 3D printing helped a man with cancer below.
Posted by: Silverman Ankle & Foot
A 71-year-old man who had already survived a bout with prostate cancer thought he was going to lose his foot when doctors informed him about a new cancer that had developed in his heel.
Doctors at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne informed Lee Chandler that their only course of action involved surgery, and that operation involved amputating his leg below the knee.
“I was prepared before I went,” said Chandler. “I though if I’ve gotta lose it, I’ve gotta lose it.”
A scan of the cancerous heel area uncovered that there was simply no current or functional prosthetic that could be inserted after the cancerous bone was removed. But, just because something doesn’t yet exist, doesn’t mean it can’t be made. By combining modern medicine and advanced technology, scientists were able to generate a 3D model of a functional prosthetic designed specifically to address the rare form of cancer in Chandler’s heel. They then used the design to print a titanium replica heel.
[Continue to original article: 3D Printer Gives Foot Cancer Patient New Hope]
We love learning and sharing fascinating stories about the partnering of medical knowledge and technological advancement. While we don’t currently have a 3D printer at Adler Footcare of Greater New York, we are using other remarkable treatments for foot problems causing chronic pain. Some of these include minimally invasive foot surgery, HyProCure, stem cell therapy and toenail fungus laser treatment. We also offer the latest in diagnostic tools and offer an accredited surgery center at our Manhattan location.