Why New Orthotics
Foot orthotics are designed to provide comfort and support when walking and standing, especially for long periods on the job. They can help improve gait and evenly distribute weight with every step. However, when heavily-used an orthotic naturally wears out and can start to do more harm than good. For optimal benefits, Aetrex and Lehigh recommend swapping your orthotics out at least once a year.Set up a comprehensive solution for greater safety & employee wellness
Orthotics Break Down
Although the materials in footwear and orthotics are durable and built to last, they do break down over time from continuous impact, prolonged weight pressure and constant motion which then lessens their benefits. If wearing the same pair of orthotics every day for a full work shift, orthotics may need replaced more often.
Worn Out Orthotics Cause Harm
Orthotics are supposed to relieve pain by addressing foot issues and correcting misalignment. If previous pain is starting to return or is back, the orthotic is no longer helping and therefore causing harm. Overuse can cause the orthotic to no longer fit properly and result in blisters, calluses or corns from feet rubbing against the shoe.
Signs New Orthotics Are Needed
• Pain: Any new or returning pain in feet, ankles, knees, hips and back could be a sign that a new pair of orthotics is needed.
• Damage: Take the orthotic out of your shoe and examine it for torn material, cracks, thinning or broken pieces. If you can see damage, it's time for a replacement.
• Uneven Wear: If an uneven wear pattern has formed on the shoe outsole, the orthotic is no longer correcting misalignment.
• Lifestyle Changes: Big changes in lifestyle and/or body can create a need for new orthotics. Job change may result in more walking and standing. Knee surgery or pregnancy will change how the body moves.