Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can put stress on joints higher up in your body, and lead to more serious problems.
Custom made foot orthotics (commonly termed "arch supports") are medical appliances that are place into the shoe to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern. They perform functions that make standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient, by gently restoring the normal balance and alignment of your feet and therefore the rest of your body.
At our clinic, orthotics are prescribed by Dr. Khademi following a complete biomechanical assessment and computerized gait analysis of your feet. They are custom made at a laboratory based on the prescribed recommendations to align the structures of the feet in their most functionally efficient position. The orthotics are designed to stabilize the feet and to prevent them from moving into unbalanced position while walking or running. Prescription orthotics are usually made of a long lasting thermoplastic with a shock absorbing covering. This is the most specific and accurate method to have medically useful and proper orthotics made.
Foot orthotics are known to solve many biomechanically related issues, not only for obvious foot problems including excessive pronation and plantar fasciitis but also for ankle, knee, hip, and spinal pain and other health issues such as diabetes and arthritis. This is achieved by preventing misalignment of the foot, which can significantly alter the way in which the bones move within their joints.
Foot orthotics take various forms and are constructed of various materials for different functions. All are concerned with improving foot function and minimizing stress forces that could ultimately cause deformity and pain in your feet and the rest of your body.