As you age, structural problems in your feet can make it hard to walk for long periods of time, or to accomplish even the simplest daily tasks without discomfort. If you live in the Quincy or Dedham, Massachusetts communities, Marshall L. Lukoff, DPM, FAAFS of Foot Care Specialists PC, is the premier podiatrist and foot and ankle specialist in the area who provides the latest technology in custom orthotics. Custom orthotics can improve your balance and prevent foot pain and problems like hammertoes and bunions. Call either office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.
Custom Orthotics Q & A
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts designed specifically for your feet. Unlike the orthotics you buy at the grocery store that can offer some support, custom orthotics are much more advanced and help to correct your individual foot problems.
Dr. Lukoff uses the latest diagnostic technology and state-of-the-art computer gait analysis with X-ray evaluation to target your exact foot condition. Computer analysis and X-ray evaluation allow Dr. Lukoff to create a truly customized orthotic, specific to the biomechanics of your feet. Through this diagnostic system, Dr. Lukoff learns your precise gait, pressure points, and areas of strengths and weaknesses.
Your custom orthotics provide better overall balance, so walking is more comfortable overall.
What are the benefits of custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics provide numerous benefits for your feet and other joints. When you are able to walk without foot discomfort, your gait changes and you can feel relief from knee pain and even lower-back pain. Other benefits of custom orthotics include:
- Enhanced foot support specific to your individual needs
- Superior comfort for walking or being on your feet for long periods of time
- Shock absorption and cushioning
- Reduced pain from foot conditions
- Gait correction
Custom orthotics can also lower your risk of injury, especially while playing sports or engaged in other leisure activities since your body is properly supported from the ground up.
What foot conditions can custom orthotics help?
Heel pain from plantar fasciitis is one of the most common reasons for getting custom orthotics. Since Dr. Lukoff creates your orthotics for your feet, he guarantees that they will help to alleviate discomfort from conditions like:
- Flat feet
- Poor balance
- Achilles tendinitis
- Shin splints
- Knee pain
- Arch pain
Custom orthotics are worth the initial investment in that they typically provide the support you need for five to 10 years. Over-the-counter orthotics will cost less initially, but they won’t provide the precise level of medical support that custom orthotics offer. Custom orthotics can make a world of difference in the quality of your life, especially if you’ve been suffering from foot pain and chronic conditions that prevent you from being as active as you’d like.
Learn how custom orthotics can provide effective relief for numerous foot conditions. If you’ve tried over-the-counter arch supports but need a more advanced method for relieving foot discomfort, call one of the offices or schedule an appointment using the online system.