Mark Co, DPM
Podiatrist located in Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, CA
Mark Co, D.P.M. is a leading provider of custom orthotics for patients in San Francisco, CA, using advanced techniques to ensure the best and most comfortable fit. At his practice in Duboce Triangle, Dr. Co uses custom orthotics to help patients overcome chronic foot issues, improve mobility, and avoid the need for surgery.
Orthotics Q & A
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts designed to relieve an array of foot- and ankle-related issues by redistributing weight and rebalancing pressure and strain on the foot and ankle. Custom-made orthotics are provided by medical professionals skilled in the diagnosis and management of these issues and created on an individual basis for the best and most comfortable fit.
What conditions may be treated with orthotics?
Orthotics are used to treat many issues, including:
- calluses and corns
- neuromas and nerve compressions
- plantar fasciitis
- arch issues including flat feet
- diabetes-related foot pain
- congenital deformities
- problems with gait or balance
Orthotics can also be used to help many patients to avoid more invasive or aggressive treatments like surgery.
What makes custom orthotics better than shoe inserts I can buy at the drugstore?
Custom orthotics offer lots of advantages over drugstore shoe inserts. First of all, they're made for the individual patient, which means they're much more effective in treating the condition the patient is experiencing. Custom fitting and design also makes professional orthotics much more comfortable, and the materials are much longer-lasting, making them a more budget-friendly investment over time. Many insurance companies cover all or part of the cost of custom orthotics, making them even more affordable. Commercially-produced shoe inserts sold in stores are made for the “masses,” with no regard to individual foot shape or underlying issues that are contributing to the patient's symptoms. As a result, they do little to provide long-term relief of symptoms, and they can even make some problems much worse. Plus, they're made of much flimsier materials, breaking down and flattening out quickly so they need to be replaced on a regular and frequent basis.
How are custom orthotics fitted for my foot?
The fitting process begins with a careful assessment of the foot, a review of symptoms, and detailed measurements of the foot and its pressure points to ensure the best fit. All that data is sent to a facility that specializes in top-of-the-line orthotics so patients can feel confident they'll enjoy long-term results based on their needs.
Before getting fitted for custom orthotics with Dr. Co, please contact your insurance company and complete this form.
We accept Medicare and most PPO insurance plans. For questions about insurance, please contact the office.
Words from our patients
"Staff was super friendly and very efficient. They scheduled me for an appointment on the same day that i hurt my foot. They were very understanding."
"The treatment I received was very quick and highly effective. My issue was resolved after leaving the office, one visit and done."
"I had an enormously positive experience with Dr. Co. He has a very calm, gentle presence and really takes the time to listen to questions and concerns..."