How to Tell if You Need New Orthotics

Custom orthotics are built to last a long time. In fact, a good pair that’s well cared for can, in the best of circumstances, remain useful for several years. However, even the best and most lightly used orthotics will eventually need to be refurbished, repaired, or replaced.

do you need new orthoticsIn order to keep you standing, walking, running, and working without pain, custom orthotics need to provide the right level of biomechanical support and cushioning. Once it loses this ability—either due to the orthotic breaking down or your needs changing—you’ll need to make an adjustment.

But how will you know when that time comes? Here are some key questions to ask:

  • How do your feet feel? Orthotics are designed to take away your foot pain and soreness. If you’ve noticed that, recently, those symptoms have started to creep back into your life, it’s time to get your orthotics checked.
  • Have you made any major lifestyle changes? The way you walk and use your feet can change drastically over the course of a lifetime. It can happen gradually as a result of aging and weight gain—or, on the other hand, increasing your activities and improving your fitness. It can also happen swiftly as a result of pregnancy, significant injuries, surgery to feet, knees, hips, or back, etc. Because these events alter your walking gait and biomechanics, you may need an adjustment to your orthotics as well.
  • Are your orthotics damaged? A few scratches or scuffs probably aren’t the biggest deal. However, if any part of the frame is cracked, or padding has compressed or begins peeling off, an adjustment or replacement is likely due.
  • Has it been more than a year since you’ve had your orthotics checked? We recommend that all people with custom orthotics get their inserts examine on an annual basis. This allows us to regularly evaluate how your orthotics are performing, determine whether or not they need to be replaced, and if necessary make minor adjustments that will allow them to serve you even better.

It bears repeating—just because your orthotic isn’t working perfectly now doesn’t necessarily mean you need a brand new one. Often, components can be refurbished or adjusted, allowing you to continue using your “like new” existing orthotics.

To schedule your appointment, give us a call today at 972.853.7100.

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