I have been wearing orthotics for longer than I can remember, and I didn’t wear them for a foot problem, I got them because I have lower back pain. And I know when I haven’t worn my orthotics as my back aches.
If you have orthotics, you will know how they help enormously with your pain or function. There are many blogs out there saying that orthotics are a hoax, but there is a mountain of scientific evidence to show that orthotics do WORK.
But how do you know if your orthotic has worn out?
While there is no strict timeline, most custom orthotics will last one to five years. Determining if they need replacement comes down to their appearance and how often they are used.
So let’s look at 5 areas to see if they need replacing:
- Pain – if your foot pain, ankle pain, hip or back pain has come back, the orthotics have passed their used by date. You should not experience any pain while standing, jogging or even jumping in your orthotics. Also you foot shouldn’t experience pain from calluses or corns, which are signs your feet have been rubbing inside your shoe.
- Age – most orthotics will last from 1 to 5 years. If your orthotics were made from hard plastic, you usually need a replacement every 3 – 5 years. But, if they are made from soft plastic or foam, they need replacing every year.
- Use – if you use your orthotics for normal everyday activities, they will not wear as quickly as those used for sports. Activities like jogging, wear down your orthotics quicker than wearing them for walking because of the greater pressures placed on them.
- Wear or Damage – take a close look at your orthotics. Do you see any cracks, torn or broken pieces, or the soles have worn thin? Time for a new pair.
- Shoes – look at the bottom of your shoes. Orthotics are built to correct any deformities in your feet, including alignment of your body. By looking at the soles of your shoes you can tell if there are any signs of uneven wear.
AND ONE LAST BONUS AREA TO LOOK AT:
- Changes – Significant lifestyle changes require new custom orthotics. For example, if you have had knee surgery, become pregnant, change your actvity load (e.g. increase your walking due to pandemics ?) etc. you may need new orthotics to accommodate the changes in your body.
If you have answered yes to any of the above then what?
If you have said yes to any to any of the 6 points above, then it is time to have your orthotics reviewed. Give us a call on 9542 3491, or you can book online at www.sutherlandpodiatry.com.au/book-now/ and one of our fantastic Podiatrists will get you sorted.
The Team at Sutherland Podiatry Centre