Do you need new orthotics?

Do you need new orthotics?

Custom foot orthotics can last a long time, but not forever. How can you tell if your orthotics need to be replaced? Sometimes you can see obvious signs of wear on the orthotic, but often the change can be subtle that needs a trained eye to see them. A return in the symptoms of the condition that the orthotic was prescribed for can be a clue that the device is wearing out. Another sign of wear out could be new symptoms of arch or leg pain that were not there before. It is best to repair or replace your orthotics before symptoms return. Regular inspection of the the devices for signs of wear is important. Take the devices out of the shoes and look at the top cover for signs of wear through or tearing.

Look at the plastic shell for signs of flattening of the arch contour. A crack in the plastic shell is rare but if found means the device needs immediate replacement. I like to have my orthotic patients come in at least annually to check their orthotics. A replacement of the top cover and padding materials can often be performed on devices if the shell and posting are still functional.

A well made orthotic generally lasts anywhere from 1 year to 5 years depending on the amount of use and types of activities they are used for. Devices used for high impact sports or long distance running will wear out faster than devices used for walking and standing.

If you have any question as to whether your orthotics are still good, don't hesitate to come in for an evaluation. A little TLC for the devices can keep you on the road!

Dr Paul "Orthotic Guy" Betschart

The Foot Book Doctor

Healthy Feet Happy Life