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How Custom Orthotics Can Change Your Life

How Custom Orthotics Can Change Your Life

You rely on your feet every day to get you everywhere, from the bed to the bathroom and around the block for your morning run. Any kind of foot problem can make even the simplest task nearly impossible.

If you have ongoing foot pain or a chronic foot condition that’s affecting your life, custom orthotics may provide the solution you’re looking for.

Our experienced and skilled podiatrist, Dr. Richard Hochman, takes a patient-centered approach to care, customizing plans to match individual needs. We offer custom-made orthotics to help our patients get the results they want.

Here, we want to share some of the benefits of custom orthotics and how they can change your life.

Improve foot mechanics

Your feet are complex body parts made up of many bones and joints held together by ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Your feet are strong, supporting the weight of your body when you stand and move. They’re also flexible, bending and pushing to help you propel forward when walking, running, or climbing stairs.

The parts of your foot must work together to support proper function. Any misalignment in the structure of your foot affects function and may cause pain or other problems. 

Custom orthotics realign the feet, improving foot mechanics. When your feet work better, they function better.

Treat foot problems

Foot problems are common and require expert podiatry care. We use custom orthotics to treat many foot conditions, including bunions, flatfeet, and plantar fasciitis. These devices address your specific foot condition, improving how your foot moves to reduce symptoms. 

For foot deformities like bunions, custom orthotics slow down progression of the condition, delaying or preventing your need for bunion surgery.

We also provide custom orthotics as part of our diabetic foot care. People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing foot problems because of changes in circulation and nerve function in the feet. 

Custom orthotics protect the feet, preventing corns, calluses, and blisters or other foot problems that require advanced wound care.

Correct body alignment

Your feet and ankles are major weight-bearing joints, but so are your knees, hips, and back. Poor foot alignment or mechanics in your feet or ankles affect their weight-bearing abilities, placing more stress on your knees, hips, or back.

Improving foot and ankle alignment with custom orthotics redistributes your body weight, easing  your knee, hip, or back pain. 

Boost athletic performance

Athletes rely on their feet to run, jump, and pivot. Proper foot support is essential. But not all shoes work for all feet, even those designed for your sport. Poor-fitted footwear increases your risk of injury and may affect your athletic performance.

Instead of trying to find the right shoe, you may have more success with custom orthotics. These shoe inserts are made for your feet, providing the type support you need so you can play your sport better.

Are you looking for a solution to ease your foot pain? We can help. Call Dr. Hochman today or request an appointment online at our Coral Gables, Florida, office in the greater Miami area.

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