Your custom foot orthotics are an investment in your health, comfort and well-being. At SoleScience, we design and dispense comfortable orthotics that address your individual needs and will last for years. Our custom orthotics can be refurbished for an even longer life!
Before replacing your existing orthotics, we can refurbish, recover or otherwise “tune up” your existing orthotics. We strive to help every patient get the most out of their orthotics. While some people opt to renew their orthotics frequently, others prefer to stick to one pair and move them between footwear. Whatever your choice, your SoleScience pedorthist is there to help!
When To Refurbish Orthotics
Knowing when to refurbish and when to replace your orthotics depends on a few different factors. Our orthotics are constructed to last two to four years with regular refurbishing, although everyone is a little bit different when it comes to how long they last. This is why an annual checkup with your SoleScience pedorthist is an important part of your overall foot health and preventative care. At these appointments, your pedorthist will be able to assess your current orthotics and discuss any changes to your foot health or other needs.
How to Tell If You Should Replace or Refurbish Your Orthotics
Consider some of the following factors in deciding whether to replace or refurbish your orthotics.
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Have there been any major changes to your foot or overall health?
New injuries, surgeries or changes to the shape or condition of your feet can affect how your orthotics feel and function. We always recommend a follow-up appointment after any change to your foot health. New diagnoses such as arthritis or diabetes are also an important factor in your foot health. While your feet may not be affected by these conditions immediately, there are often supportive, preventative or complementary treatments your pedorthist can offer to keep you comfortable or prevent complications.
Are your orthotics still comfortable?
Comfort is one of the most important factors in maintaining and making changes to your orthotics. After the required break-in period and adjustments, your orthotics should always be comfortable. Over time, the cushioning materials of your orthotics wear down or compress, which may result in them feeling less comfortable. If the supportive and corrective components of your orthotics are still in good working order, oftentimes a simple refurbish is all you will need to get that comfort and cushion back. Here’s a look at other factors to consider choosing the right orthotics for your feet.
Are you still getting all of the support you need from your orthotics?
Even if your foot health and general health are unchanged, if you have made other changes in your life, such as a job change or a new activity, your needs may have changed from when you first saw your pedorthist. As orthotics breakdown over time, the supportive “shell” of the orthotic could become distorted or compressed, particularly if your orthotics are over two years old. Your pedorthist will be able to assess your orthotics and your current needs and make a recommendation based on your individual situation.
Are the orthotics still in good condition, and able to be refurbished?
If you are very active or your orthotics are over two years old, they may be showing signs of wear that indicate a replacement is in order. If there has been any water or physical damage outside of the typical use, replacement may be recommended by your pedorthist. If they have still retained their shape and only the cover or cushioning is worn down, we will recommend refurbishing your orthotics. When at all possible, we will always refurbish your original orthotics, even when you choose to replace them. This provides you with a functional secondary pair for use in other footwear. We often recommend that you use your older pair in shoes you only wear some of the time (like shoes you wear to cut the grass) so that you can benefit from the best support from your new orthotics as much as possible.
Based on the factors mentioned above, your SoleScience pedorthist can help you decide what option is right for you.
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