Worn out, torn, or broken orthotics can cause more problems to your feet. Orthotics are a medical device used to assist in mobility while correcting the function of the foot. They allow a patient to perform their daily movement with ease. If you are using orthotics and you experience inconvenience, discomfort, and inflammation, it is time to get new inserts. Available over-the-counter orthotics are for different foot problems. Flat Feet Insole Support and Custom Orthotics Houston are designed by a foot doctor to correct foot deformities and provide relief.
Custom orthotics for flat feet provide shock absorption to the heel and a flexible surface for the arch. When looking for orthotics for flat feet, consider the size, volume, and flexibility. When it comes to selection, flexibility is key, and ensure they do not bend where you need arch support. The orthotics mimic the natural surfaces we step on while rolling or bending orthotics, offer short time comfort but they break easily. Avoid improper fitting orthotics; too small or too large will result in unfitting support. If you are purchasing the inserts for high-impact activities such as running, go for the high-volume orthotics but if you are a low-impact activities person a low-volume orthotics will work.
Many patients notice symptoms of foot problems disappear almost immediately, however, orthotics are used for correcting issues.
Getting new orthotics comes down to their appearance and their use
Age- Most last up to five years depending on the material they are made of which determines the need for replacement. Inserts made of hard plastic may be replaced after three to five years but inserts made from foam and soft plastic need to be replaced every year.
Pain – Any pain to the feet, ankles, and back is a sign that you need to change the orthotics. While wearing the inserts, you should not experience pain while jumping, standing, walking, and jogging.
Use – With some activities such as recreational activities and sports, the inserts wear down fast. If you use them for daily activities that involve sitting in your office, the inserts may take time to wear out.
The look of your shoes – The inserts help correct deformities in your feet and align the body. If you still notice signs of uneven wear to your shoes, it is time to get new ones.
Damage or wear – Inspect your orthotics often; if you notice broken pieces, cracks, or thinning, it is time to replace them.
Changes – If you have significant changes in your body and lifestyle, you need new orthotics. If you have undergone surgery or you are pregnant, you need inserts that will accommodate these changes.
For adults, the podiatrist may recommend a check-up every three years for the wear and tear of the inserts. For pediatric inserts, patients need a check-up every six months, and the inserts are replaced after the kids grow two shoe sizes. If you have questions about caring for your orthotics for your feet, reach out to a foot specialist for his/her expert advice. Feel free to contact our office to make an appointment with our podiatrist. Our foot and ankle doctor, Dr. Ejodamen Shobowale, can provide you with the care you need to keep you pain-free on your feet.