Got Foot Problems? 3D Printing May Soon Give You the Perfect Shoe

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jan 9, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Do you enjoy or avoid shopping for athletic shoes? Some people get a thrill from walking into the shoe store, smelling that new-shoe-smell, trying on different shoes until they find “the one,” and then walking out in a brand new pair, empowered and ready to run.

On the flip side, others dread shopping for new shoes because their current pair are comfortably broken in. A new pair will only result in starting back at square one, going through the painful ordeal of finding the right fit for their foot problems, such as bunions, hammertoes or plantar fasciitis. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Adidas has unveiled a different of kind sneaker – check it out below.

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Will you be able to walk into a shoe store one day and walk with a new pair of shoes that are built specifically for your foot? According to Adidas, yes, and that day is just about here. Adidas recently unveiled the Futurecraft 3D, a sneaker that has a 3D printed midsole to fit every contour of your foot for a precise fitting sneaker.

In order to get the proper measurements needed to print a custom 3D midsole, you will have to run on a specially designed treadmill. The treadmill is equipped with sensors that will map the contours of your feet and find out which part of your foot has the most pressure exerted on it. The treadmill will send the information that it collects to a computer which creates a design file that a 3D printer uses to print out the midsole and you’re done. You now will have a custom made pair of sneakers that are designed to match the “exact contours and pressure points” of your feet.

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Currently, the closest thing to 3D printed sneakers for the mainstream market are custom orthotics, which are also made for your unique foot structure.

The F-Scan is a computerized system that works by slipping an arch into the shoe with computer chips built in. As you begin to walk and run the device makes a mini-movie that gathers data and scans showing how pressure is going through your foot. These computer scans are used to create a multi-layered custom orthotics device made for your unique foot shape and to target your specific foot problems.

Making sure you have properly fitting footwear and custom orthotics can help a variety of common foot problems, but ultimately they are only short term solutions to manage your foot pain.

To learn about the long term solutions available, download the free eBook below or contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

Check out these long term vs. short term solutions

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