HP may be known best for computers, laptops, printers, and other gadgets, but a recent product announcement by the company veers away from the normal to deal with a health concern in the U.S. and around the world.
Foot pain is something that 3 out of 4 Americans experience, according to Health Tech Insider, citing the American Podiatric Medical Association.
HP has announced its solution to foot pain, which it calls the Arize Orthotic Solution.
HP Announces Arize Orthotic Solution
HP's latest technology in foot orthotics, Arize Orthotic Solution, is described by the company in a press release as "a new end-to-end digital orthotic solution for podiatrists and orthotists."
Blending 3D printing technology and cloud-based software, HP's Arize Orthotic Solution seeks to help with the development and creation of custom orthoses or supports.
"Podiatrists and orthotists can capture 3D renderings of a patient's foot, fine-tune and prescribe personalized orthoses for their patients — all in less than five minutes," according to the HP press release.
Arize Orthotic Solution allows healthcare specialists like orthotists and podiatrists to have 3D renderings.
How HP's Arize Orthotic Solution Works
According to the Health Tech Insider report, a laser scanning system images both feet and takes measurements. The data is then sent to the cloud for analysis and processing. The system can point out key points of the foot anatomy that can help healthcare professionals make adjustments to the design.
Once the design is finalized, it is then sent to a production facility where different materials are used to create the orthotics. The production facility makes use of HP Multi Jet printers. Five styles are available, including sports, stability, functional, everyday comfort, and dress/low profile.
HP's 3D Printing Technology
Arize Orthotic Solution highlights HP's 3D printing technology.
"This new solution is a testament to the digital revolution — taking advantage of HP's industry-leading Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology to help podiatrists deliver individually customized products," HP's press release reads.
HP's Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology can help optimize materials used in creating orthotics.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are shoe or heel supports or inserts that are commonly custom-made for the person wearing it. Orthotics are usually used to treat back, foot, and leg problems of a patient.
Healthcare specialists like podiatrists may opt to prescribe orthotics for a variety of reasons, including correcting foot deformities, ankle support, and improving foot or ankle function. Orthotics can also be prescribed to reduce the risk of injuries.
According to Healthline, orthotics are used to treat conditions such as arthritis, back pain, flat feet, high arches, and foot, back, and leg injuries. Other conditions that orthotics can be used to treat include hammer toes, bursitis, and the side effects of diabetes.
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Written by Isabella James