Tips & Tricks

Casting Technique

Learn how to plaster cast quickly and cleanly. This technique also allows you scan your cast from the bottom with a smooth finish.  Additionally, learn how to apply a skive directly in your cast.

How to Cast an Orthotic

Need to duplicate an existing orthotic shape? This technique is easy and clean.

How to Scan Feet

Learn how to scan feet directly using the Sharp Shape scanner in a better position. This method helps to eliminate pitch issues and allows the clinician to get their patient in neutral for the scan without pesky thumb prints getting in the way!

Scanning Pitfalls – Noise

When scanning, noise is the light interference given to data picked up by the scanner that is not part of the foot scan. Learn how to avoid this and eliminate it from your scan before you send your raw images to the lab.

Scanning Pitfalls – Movement

Distortion caused by movement during a scan will blur the image. Learn how to avoid this and eliminate it from your scan before you send your raw images to the lab.

Scanning Pitfalls – Pitch

Pitch problems occur when the forefoot and rearfoot are not kept parallel to the glass during scanning. Learn how to avoid and/or correct this before sending the image to the lab. Improper pitch can lead to device  length errors.

Scanning Pitfalls – Yaw

Feet need to be lined up vertically within the frame of the scanner, so as to give a nice vertically aligned image. A yaw problem can result in distorted MLA profiles.

Scanning Pitfalls – Roll

Roll occurs when the foot is not placed evenly on the glass from side to side. This leads to improper images where the arch height, heel alignment and forefoot are incorrect. Learn how to avoid this and eliminate it from your scan before you send your raw images to the lab.