How long should orthotics last?
While a typical custom orthotic might last around 2-3 years on average, not every case is a typical one. Some people need theirs replaced every year, while others can get 5 years or more (occasionally much more) of use out of theirs.
How do you know when 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.
How long should you wear custom orthotics?
As with any medical appliance, your body must adjust to their use. We recommend you break them in slowly by wearing them as instructed on the first page and increasing the wear time in small amounts until you can wear them all day long. Most patients wear the orthotics full time in three to five days.
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.
Do I remove original 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.
Can orthotics cause more problems?
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.
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.
Why do my new orthotics hurt?
Your orthotics were not properly fitted or designed, or are worn out. Improper design or fit is one of the top reasons for foot pain from orthotics. If you have an improperly fitting foot orthosis, it is often because you have chosen an off-the-shelf solution that does not fit your specific foot shape correctly.
How long does it take to get orthotics made?
How long do custom orthotics take to make? The time needed for custom orthotics to be made and return to our office is approximately 3-4 weeks. There are a variety of factors involved including the company used, the speed of shipping and the complexity of the orthotic prescription.
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 go bad?
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.