Two new blows to foot pain: NCV custom orthotics and Elite OTC orthotics

October 2, 2014

Two new blows to foot pain: NCV custom orthotics and Elite OTC orthotics

At Northwest Podiatric Laboratory we design and craft incomparable products with unrivaled results.

The knowledge, values and commitment to lead our industry originate with the two cornerstones of our company: Dennis Brown and Chris Smith, DPM.  Dennis, a natural born inventor, with an inherent understanding of biomechanics and orthotics, has been at the helm of Northwest since 1964, and is the driving force behind our out-of-the-box thinking.  Dr. Smith, Professor Emeritus, taught at the California College of Podiatric Medicine for 23 years.  One of few early pioneers in biomechanics of the foot, he has engrained biomechanical theory into every aspect of Northwest.  We know orthotics.         

More than 30 years ago, we developed a revolutionary orthotic material called Superglass®.  Our goal was to develop the premier material for custom foot orthotics.  We succeeded and, 30 years later, it’s STILL unmatched. 

Yet, the orthotic world continues to change.  Advances in technology and our rich history of innovation, combined with feedback from you and your colleagues, inspired us to examine our orthotics with fresh eyes.  We challenged ourselves to answer this question: How can we combine 50 years of experience with obsessive quality AND meet the challenges faced by today’s healthcare professionals?

The answer is a reinvented custom foot pain solution, called NCV, and it’s a game changer.

NCV maintains everything healthcare professionals love about prescribing our custom orthotics: five decades of experience, uncompromising biomechanics and shape, unmatched patient outcomes and great customer support. 

Yet, NCV isn’t business-as-usual. We invested over two years of R&D and created a proprietary carbon fiber-reinforced polymer shell and a heavily refined manufacturing process.  

The materials and processes utilized for NCV also served as a springboard for our new OTC orthotics, called Elite OTC.  Elite OTC features our exclusive carbon fiber-reinforced polymer shell, an integrated heel post, a premium top cover/cushion and is available exclusively through healthcare professionals.

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’re reigniting our quest for continual improvement.  In the spirit of Dennis Brown and Dr. Chris Smith, we’re taking on new challenges in materials, processes and product design to provide you and your patients with the highest quality, best performing orthotics (and related technology). 

NCV and Elite OTC are significant additions to our family of orthotics and we can’t wait to show you what’s next.