Cast and Foot Adjusted (CFA) orthotics offer a lower cost alternative to custom orthotics. While CFA orthotics incorporate an element of individual modification, they are less precisely matched to your individual foot than custom foot orthotics. As such, we don’t expect CFA orthotics to achieve the same level of improvement in foot function as custom orthotics, but in some cases they are a worthwhile option.
What are Cast and Foot Adjusted (CFA) orthotics?
CFA orthotics are made from a library of standard foot moulds. The foot cast that matches your foot most closely will be used to manufacture your orthotics. This is determined after your podiatrist has taken an outline of your feet, and conducted a biomechanical assessment to prescribe the type of correction your feet require.
There are many options for the type of orthotic shell used within the range of CFA orthotics, which enables this to be matched as closely as possible to your foot type. However, if you have a unique foot type, such as very flat feet, high arched feet, wide or narrow feet, then CFA orthotics are unlikely to be a suitable option for you. CFA orthotics are made based on a closely matched indication of foot type, but they do not detect discrete, unique specifications of your feet.