Our orthoses are manufactured using advanced computer technology (CAD-CAM / computer aided design – computer aided manufacture). They are commonly used as a conservative therapeutic modality to not only treat painful conditions of the foot, lower extremity and lower back, but also to optimise the kinetics and kinematics of weight bearing activities so that future injuries can be avoided.
Each device is formed on a manually or digitally “dressed mould” of foot impressions sent to us (manually via vacuum forming thermoplastic or digitally via CNC milling). We do not use a ‘library’ of shapes or any variation of a pre-moulded shell. Firefly operates AOMS laser scanning of casts or impression boxes. This allows practitioners to choose traditional-standard or direct milled prescription foot orthoses. CAD-CAM direct milling of polypropylene blocks produces custom made prescription foot orthoses. CAD-CAM milling of positive models produces vacuum formed thermoplastic and carboplastic custom-made prescription foot orthoses.
Firefly uses a manual or state of the art automated fabrication stream, utilising Sharp Shape’s Automated Orthoses Manufacturing System (AOMS). AOMS consists of a cast scanner; digital corrections workstations and computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling equipment.