How can you tell if orthotics are worn out?

How do you know when your orthotics need to be replaced?

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.

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 long do orthotics last for?

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.

Do orthotics change over time?

Your orthotics were built to address a specific problem (or set of problems) at a specific point in your life. But our feet, bodies, and problems may change over time.

How often should orthotics be checked?

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.

Do I have to wear orthotics forever?

Orthotics are like eyeglasses and meant to be worn indefinitely. Eyeglasses change the shape of light to allow one to see better. Orthotics change the way ground reactive forces hit the feet, to allow one to walk better. They work to support certain muscles and ligaments, so that there is not excess strain on them.

Do orthotics need to be updated?

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 do foot inserts last?

With normal use, you can expect your insoles to last about 6 months, but this varies depending on factors such as intensity of use (i.e., running vs. everyday activities) and foot structure. For serious runners, you may need new insoles every 3-4 months instead.

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