How does the VFAS work?
The VFAS works by enabling the practitioner to apply forces to the plantar, rear, mid and forefoot, on the lateral or medial side, to hold the feet in a more corrected, functional position. Specially formulated thermo-moldable templates (FootAligners) are placed under the feet, so correction and alignment occur simultaneously. You can see and the patient can feel this postural alignment. Whatever position you want the foot to be held in, and create the orthotic to capture this shape, is up to you. The patient instantly feels like they are in the orthotic, not on top of it.
What evidence is there that the VFAS truly corrects the patients posture while standing?
Recent research conducted by Temple University’s School of Podiatric medicine, Gait Study Centre, under Professor Jinsup Song, confirmed the VFAS to be more accurate, more repeatable, and more comfortable than both plaster and 3D scanning molding techniques. Over a number of previous prototypes of the device, inventor Neil Smith treated several thousand patients with excellent results confirming that in the hands of properly trained professionals the VFAS can produce superior patient outcomes.
What training will I get?
Training is included in the acquisition price of the VFAS. It includes face to face training with a VFAS representative, video tutorials, and follow up interactive webinar training.
How long will the FootAligners hold their shape?
The patent-protected combination of materials that make up the FootAligner will set rigid as a result of being heated and then rapidly cooled as part of the molding process. Many of our patients have gotten several years of life out of their FootAligners, including high use high impact marathon runners. Like all custom orthotics, longevity can vary between patients and how they care for the orthotic. It is important to avoid exposing FootAligners to high temperatures or leaving them wet for long periods which will effect their longevity. We recommend giving your patients the FootAligner packaging to take with them after treatment as it includes handy care instructions and tips.
Can my technician, clinic assistant or intern be trained to operate the VFAS?
Yes! As long as the patient has been correctly diagnosed in the first instance and the person using the VFAS has a basic understanding of the relationship between the foot, ankle
How long does it take to treat and manufacture 1 pair of FootAligners?
The treatment and manufacture process will only take a practiced operator between 10 and 15 minutes from the time the patient first steps up onto the VFAS to the time you are placing the finished orthotic in their shoes.