Are Your Orthotics Still Supporting Your Feet?

Orthotics are a customized device designed to alleviate foot, leg, and back pain.  Custom-made orthotics are often one of the first treatments prescribed for common foot problems because they are a conservative, non-invasive treatment that is clinically proven to decrease foot pain and improve foot function.

Orthotics can help with a wide array of foot deformities by providing support to your ankles and realigning your body.  They are used worldwide, and can even be found over- the -counter. However, since these orthotics are not customized they may not provide proper support.

Like any other device, orthotics over time lose their support and need to be evaluated yearly. Whether you wear orthotics to correct abnormal movements or to fix an alignment issue, your body and your feet change over time.

From our team of podiatrists at Caring Podiatry, here’s a list of signs that may indicate your orthotics are no longer supporting your feet.

Returning pain

If you got orthotics to relieve pain but are now experiencing a resurgence of pain, you may need new orthotics. 

Worn down orthotics can also cause other issues. Corns and calluses are a sign that your feet are rubbing inside your shoes, indicating you may benefit from a consult and new inserts.

Strange patterns of wear in your shoes 

Is your shoe with the insert wearing down faster than usual? Have you noticed extensive wear along the edge of the sole? This may be a sign that your feet are no longer compatible with your orthotic.

An orthotic that’s over 2 years old

Depending on your activity level and how often you wear your orthotic, you should consider getting a replacement for your orthotics every 2-3 years. If you exercise regularly, you may have to replace your inserts sooner. 

Changes to your physiology

The alignment and length of your legs change over time. Surgeries or fractures in the legs, knees, or hips can cause these changes to occur almost immediately. Even losing or gaining a significant amount of weight may require you to get a new orthotic. 

Find out if you could benefit from a new orthotic 

Unsure whether your old orthotic needs to be changed or adjusted? 

Our team at Caring Podiatry will help you identify what's causing your discomfort by assessing your feet and ankles, performing a thorough Biomechanical exam and by evaluating your current orthotics

Based on the consultation, our podiatrists help you determine if you need a new orthotic. If so, we are Currently using the latest  3D imagery  of your feet and ankles to customize new orthotics for you. 

When your new orthotics are ready, our experts check their fit and functionality to ensure you can enjoy using them without encountering any problems. 

Contact us to schedule an appointment or book it online. Our team of podiatrists are ready to help you find the source of your pain and discomfort.

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