Resurfacing Your Foot Orthotics
Do you really need to replace those pricey foot orthotics? I mean, you dished out over $400 for them and money doesn’t grow on trees, you know?
First, you need to ask how bad your orthotics are. Is the underlying foundation torn and in shreds or are they just a bit tattered on top? In other words, do the orthotic devices function as they should or do you need to go in to replace the underlying parts?
If the devices are just tattered, you may just need to get it resurfaced. This is a simple process (if you have the right equipment, glues, and material) of removing the top cover of the device – usually with a grinder – and replacing it with new neoprene or another material. It’ll look just like new when the technician is finished with it. It’ll also feel new too.
You won’t have a problem adjusting to the resurfacing because there’s nothing to readjust to; it’s just a fresh top cover for the orthotic.
Most people, however, don’t know that this process can be done because the podiatrists (and others) have done their marketing homework and figured out that “New” is much easier to sell than “refurbished” or “re-covered”. Can’t say that I blame them. It’s an easy $400 profit, give or take.
The thing is, they know that others offer resurfacing services. It’s just that they don’t offer it because – we’ll go back to it again – it’s not worth their time and effort – and dare I say, profit? But we all know that time is money, so why not produce something that makes 4x the amount of money in the same amount of time? After all, they are business people too. Still, though, You’d think they’d offer you a choice since it would definitely benefit you, the customer.
Now, there is the distinct possibility that podiatrists and other medical professionals do not know this top cover refurbishing service exists. That’s on us for not getting our message out there. That’s where we fill in the gaps of service.
As mentioned earlier, you, as a customer, could resurface these orthotic devices yourself. It’s certainly not rocket science or brain surgery. There’s really no special tools involved, just a grinder and specialized (and expensive) industrial adhesive, the kind you don’t want to stick to your hand lest you want to be a permanent fixture to whatever you touch kind of glue. Since both glue and a grinder are expensive but necessary tools, buying them to refurbish one pair of orthotics doesn’t make economic sense. The dangers of the glue and grinder alone make it a non-starter for many. I know that many people get off on sniffing glue but this is not the reason to do this task.
But for sixty or seventy bucks, you could pay someone like us do it all for you, as well as taking on the inherent risks of the adhesives and grinders. In a few days after we get it, we’ll send it back and you’ll be back to normal with your devices and be glad you shelled out a few dollars.
Absolutely, you could resurface your orthotics, but why would you? Refurbishing your orthotics isn’t for everyone. Just ask your podiatrist or medical foot specialist.