Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 05-09-2014
If you have custom orthotics, you’re probably already well aware of their many benefits. They help ensure correct positioning of the bones in your feet, ankles and knees which helps to alleviate and, in some cases, eliminate foot, ankle and knee pain. They also reduce the likelihood of injury by improving muscle performance/reducing muscle fatigue and can help realign your spinal column which reduces pain in your lower back and other parts of your body. OTHOTICS ARE LIKE GLASSES AND OTHER PROSTHETICS: However, did you know that it's important to get your orthotics prescription reviewed at least once per year? Just like with glasses and prescriptions for other sorts of prosthetic devices, orthotics prescriptions are based on the specific characteristics of your body at a particular point in time. However, as you know, our bodies are constantly changing. Depending on how much your body has changed (or how much wear and tear your orthotics have received since they were last reviewed) your orthotics prescription may need to be adjusted to ensure that you continue to receive the level of support your body requires. HAVE YOUR PRESCRIPTION REVIEWED ANNUALLY: Of course, just because you need to have your orthotics reviewed annually (or more frequently depending on your age, condition or whether or not you’ve experienced some form of significant physiological), doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll need to replace them at that time. However, because it takes a trained professional to identify the kinds of changes that make an updated prescription necessary, having your prescription reviewed at least once per year is a great practice for most people (just like getting your eyes tested or your teeth checked). If you have custom orthotics and haven’t had them reviewed, now’s a good time to make sure they’re still doing the job they were designed to do. If you don’t have orthotics but have been suffering from any form of foot, ankle, knee, hip or back pain, you should seriously consider a pair of custom orthotics. You’ll be amazed at the difference they can make!