How long do orthotics usually last?

How often do orthotics need to be replaced?

Our podiatrists recommend having your orthotics evaluated yearly, to check on wear, and replaced every 3 years. For pediatric orthotics, patients should follow up every 6 months, to monitor their development, and have their orthotics replaced after they grow 2 shoe sizes.

Can orthotics wear out?

Custom Orthotics Are Built to Last

No, they aren’t indestructible. They will wear out eventually, or you may even outgrow them if your activities or body mechanics change enough over time.

How do I know if my orthotics are working?

Wear or Damage – Take a look at your orthotics. If you see any cracks, broken pieces or the soles have worn thin, it is time to replace them. Shoes – Look at the bottom of your shoes. Orthotics are meant to correct any deformities in your feet, including alignment of your body.

How do you know if you need new orthotics?

You notice visible signs of wear or structural damage to your orthotic. This one is obvious. If any part of the orthotic is noticeably cracked, worn thin, or pieces have broken off, they most definitely need to be replaced.

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Do you have to wear orthotics all the time?

In most cases, your body needs two to four weeks to become accustomed to any type of orthotics. That means you should plan to wear them regularly so your body can adjust.

Do orthotics really help?

Orthotics can support the foot and reduce inflammation. High arches. Very high arches can stress muscles in the feet and lead to a number of conditions, such as shin splints, knee pain, and plantar fasciitis. Orthotics can help prevent a person’s feet from rolling excessively inward or outward.

Do orthotics change the shape of your feet?

But the truth is that our feet are always slowly changing shape throughout our lives, just from normal aging and use. So your orthotics may need to be re-casted and replaced after many years of use, even if they remain in great shape otherwise.

What happens if I stop wearing my orthotics?

If you choose not to wear your orthotics, you will be further damaging your feet to the point where it could lead to serious health issues. For example, custom orthotics are able to restore joint alignment in order for the surrounding muscles and connective tissue to maintain their function.

Do you remove insoles when using orthotics?

It is always advisable to remove the footbed or insole from your shoes and replace them with your custom foot orthotics. You should not place your orthotics on top of the existing insoles. Your orthotics work best when they rest securely in your shoe, directly on the midsole (interior) of the shoe.

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Can orthotics cause pain?

Stress from orthotics can actually lead to weak ankles, feet or knees and cause additional foot pain. Furthermore, it’s difficult to get relief from orthotic inserts that weren’t made correctly. You may also suffer from sore muscles as your body attempts to adapt to the orthotics.