The use of 3D surface scanning for the measurement and assessment of the human foot

Scott Telfer, James Woodburn

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A number of surface scanning systems with the ability to quickly and easily obtain 3D digital representations of the foot are now commercially available. This review aims to present a summary of the reported use of these technologies in footwear development, the design of customised orthotics, and investigations for other ergonomic purposes related to the foot. The PubMed and ScienceDirect databases were searched. Reference lists and experts in the field were also consulted to identify additional articles. Studies in English which had 3D surface scanning of the foot as an integral element of their protocol were included in the review.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Research
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010



  • human foot
  • 3D surface scanning

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