They Just Look Broken Down
You shouldn’t expect orthotics you have owned for a while to still look as fresh as a daisy, but you should be able to tell when they look broken or overly worn down. Periodically remove your orthotics from your shoes and look for:
- Broken off pieces
- A worn out top cover, where your foot meets the orthotic
- Thinness in any areas
Any excessive wear or damage to your orthotics is capable of decreasing the effectiveness of your custom orthotics. In some cases, it can even make matters worse!
Keep in mind that many insurance plans provide for a set of custom orthotics each year. Even if your current pair is still in good working order, getting new pairs to switch between will help prolong the lifespan of all your pairs. And if one of your pairs does break or become too worn out, you already have another pair to use instead!
YOU Have Significantly Changed
We mentioned earlier that your orthotics might eventually need to be adjusted to keep up with your needs. While we want our custom orthotics to remain steadfast, individual circumstances can nevertheless change.
Changes that might require a new examination of your orthotics include:
- Changes in career or lifestyle that require a lot more action or time spent on your feet
- Significant changes in weight over time (gaining or losing)
- Experiencing any foot or ankle injuries that have had a lasting impact on your foot and leg structure or gait
- Experiencing significant progression of any foot deformities, such as bunions or hammertoes
- Anything else you feel may be affecting your comfort on a daily basis
Again, some simple adjustments may be all you need, but a full refurbishment or replacement might be preferred for certain situations.
Keep Up to Date on Your Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics are a long-term treatment. The more you use them without interruption, the better it will be for your overall comfort and foot function.
Don’t let wear and tear or other life changes keep your custom orthotics from providing the best performance they can for you. We will always be happy to keep in touch with you and make sure your orthotics are up to snuff.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel or Dr. Harpaz by calling either of our two offices:
We have telemedicine appointments available for patients who are able to and prefer to take advantage of them, so please don’t hesitate to ask for one if you would rather have your initial consultation conducted remotely.