In the clinic, we find that custom orthotics can be a useful tool. Custom orthotics do however have a limited lifespan and need to be replaced over time. In this post, we will discuss the common question of when custom orthotics should be replaced and how long they typically last.

How long do custom orthotics last?

The kind of material they are made from, how often they are used, and changes in foot shape, weight, or biomechanics can all affect how long custom orthotics last. The majority of individualised orthotics should last between two and three years. Individual circumstances may cause some to last longer or shorter.

Factors that affect the lifespan of custom orthotics

The materials utilized: Polypropylene and carbon fiber are examples of hard materials. They tend to last longer than softer, more pliable materials like EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate).

Usage: Your orthotics may last less long if you wear them every day and do high-impact activities like running. On the other hand, they might last longer if you only wear them occasionally.

Foot shape or weight changes: Your orthotics may not fit and work as well if your feet have changed a lot. Weght gain can also cause them to wear out more quickly or no longer be appropriate.

Pregnancy: The increased width and flatness of pregnant women’s feet may impact how orthotics fit and function.

When do you need to replace your custom orthotics?

Your custom orthotics may need to be replaced for a number of reasons, including the following:

Pain: Are you encountering a similar uneasiness to what you felt before you got your orthotics? Do you have new issues in your feet, lower legs, knees, or back? These could be signs that your orthotic is no longer working as it ought to.

Corns or calluses: If you wear orthotics for a long time but start to get calluses or corns on your feet all of a sudden, the orthotic is probably getting worn out.

Noticeable damage: If you look at your orthotics and notice any areas that look thin and worn, cracks in the material, or broken pieces, it’s time to get new ones.

Shoes with uneven wear: Shoes that wear more in one area or on one side may indicate that your feet are no longer aligned correctly and that your weight is not being distributed evenly.

A podiatrist or healthcare provider should also check your orthotics on a regular basis. In most cases, you should check them a few times in the first year and then every year or two after that.

In conclusion, custom orthotics can be a useful tool. They can last anywhere from two to three years, sometimes even longer, but this can vary from person to person. This can also not be assumed. To avoid pain and other foot issues associated with orthotics, it’s critical to keep an eye on the condition of your orthotics and replace them when they stop working properly. Having your orthotics checked out on a regular basis can also help ensure that they are still providing the necessary support.

If you have any questions or want a gait analysis or a pair of orthotics for yourself, please let us know! Give us a call on 6292 1092.

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