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5 Signs You Need New Orthotics

  1. Your​ ​foot, ​ ​knee​ ​or​ ​back​ ​pain​ ​has​ ​returned. ​ ​If you originally got your orthotics to treat a certain issue and they helped, but now the pain is returning, it’s a sign that your orthotics are worn out and are no longer doing their job.
  1. You​ ​have​ ​NEW​ ​foot, ​ ​knee​ ​or​ ​back​ ​pain. ​ ​This is a sign that your feet have changed and a new prescription is needed.
  1. They​ ​are​ ​cracked​ ​or​ ​falling​ ​apart. ​ ​If the plastic has cracked the orthotic is definitely not doing what it was meant to and could even cause problems.
  1. They​ ​are​ ​more​ ​than​ ​2​ ​years​ ​old. ​ It depends on the type of orthotic you have and how often you wear them, but on average you should replace orthotics every 2-3 years, more often if you are an exercise enthusiast.
  1. You​ ​had​ ​knee​ ​or​ ​hip​ ​surgery​ ​or​ ​broke​ ​a​ ​leg​. Any of these can alter the length or alignment of your legs and may necessitate a change in your orthotic prescription.

Give us a call to book an appointment with our chiropodist Meredith Cossitt, BSc, DCh

Take Care of Your Feet!

Here are a few tips to guide you on your way to happy feet:

  • Shop at the end of the day because your feet may swell
  • If one foot is larger, buy shoes to accommodate the larger foot
  • Ensure there is about 1 cm of space beyond the longest toe
  • Try walking in the shoes to ensure your heels do not slip
  • Choose a shoe with a thick, rubber sole for extra cushioning
  • If you have pain in the arches or heels choose something with a built-in arch, like Birkenstocks, or add an arch support or orthotic
  • Most importantly, choose something comfortable 

If you have any further questions, or if you think you may need custom orthotics, please book an appointment with our chiropodist, Meredith Cossitt, BSc, DCh today!