Most of us are not born with perfect feet. And even if you are, life can throw a few obstacles that can hurt your feet — daily. Shoe choices, medical conditions such as diabetes, and even sports can create foot problems that cause pain and slow your stride.
The solution may be as simple as a pair of custom orthotics. Experienced podiatrist Babak Kosari, DPM, FACFAS, with offices in Valencia and Northridge in Los Angeles County, California, often recommends custom orthotics. These inconspicuous shoe inserts can relieve foot pain — and much more.
If you’ve tried over-the-counter orthotics, sometimes called arch supports, without success, it’s time to consider a customized pair. Customized orthotics are designed to support problem spots in your feet. They can lift an arch, relieve heel pain, and help compensate for a toe joint deformity.
Unlike generic, mass-produced shoe inserts, custom orthotics are tailored specifically for your foot. They provide support exactly where you need it and are shaped to fit the contours and size of your feet.
Every foot — even each of your own — is unique, and an insert that’s not customized can wind up causing as much pain as it’s supposed to relieve.
Foot discomfort may be your symptom, but underlying, most likely structural abnormalities are the culprit. Custom orthotics correct the underlying cause, such as collapsed arches (pronation) or high arches (supination).
Custom orthotics provide cushioning and support while redistributing the pressure your feet experience during everyday activities. This is helpful if you have arthritis or stand for significant periods. Orthotics also help prevent pressure ulcers and other foot abnormalities related to diabetes.
If your feet are not adequately supporting the rest of your body, it can affect other areas. By aligning your feet properly, custom orthotics can also remedy:
Often, patients do not realize that their back pain is a result of issues in their feet.
Whether you’re a young athlete just starting out or a seasoned warrior pushing to keep your title, foot abnormalities can crimp your play. Foot pain can affect your golf stance, your ability to pitch from the mound, or your weekend tennis tournament. Custom orthotics can help overcome the pain that limits your performance.
Don’t endure foot, back, knee, hip, or ankle pain. Dr. Kosari has solutions, and yours may be as simple as a pair of custom orthotics. To learn more about what custom orthotics can do for your feet and your overall health, schedule a visit with Kosari today