Do orthotics need to be worn all the time?

What happens if I stop wearing my orthotics?

If you stop wearing your orthotics, then the same issues that made you wear them in the first place will still be present and the pain will return. Thankfully, orthotics are easy to wear. Just slip them into your shoes and you're good to go.

Is it bad to wear orthotics all day?

The key to getting the most out of orthotics is to ensure that you use them when you're most likely to aggravate foot and leg pain (e.g. standing for long periods of time at work, exercising). Using orthotics in shoes that you wear whilst sitting at a desk all day is unlikely to be beneficial.

Can I stop wearing foot orthotics?

Yes you can absolutely stop wearing your orthotics and still be pain free. You will need to firstly be aware of what your foot posture is like without the orthotics. If you have been wearing orthotics for a substantial amount of time, it may take 3-6 months to eliminate wearing them completely.

Do orthotics weaken your feet?

Orthotics work like eyeglasses; they only work while you are wearing them, and they do not weaken the muscles in your feet and legs. Orthotics are not a crutch or a brace, and your feet do not become dependent on them.

How often should orthotics 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.

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.

What is the life expectancy of orthotics?

between two to three years
The Lifespan of Your Orthotics Typically, high-quality prescription orthotics last between two to three years. Custom orthotics are designed to withstand wear and tear from standing and walking, but using them on a daily basis will inevitably result in damage over time.

Can you outgrow orthotics?

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.

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.

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