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.
But compared to the cheap, flimsy insoles you can buy over the counter—which may only last a couple of months—almost all custom orthotics will serve you well for at least a year, and typically more like 3-5 on average. We’ve seen some go even a lot longer than that!
Two main differences here are both the quality of the materials, as well as the tailoring to the individual. In addition to being more structurally durable overall, custom orthotics handle forces more efficiently since they fit your feet exactly instead of approximately.
How Will I Know When It’s Time to Update My Orthotics?
Acting quickly to repair, refurbish, or replace your orthotics when they are no longer effective is important if you want to avoid another frustrating round of foot and ankle pain.
We try to make this as easy as possible for you, which is why we strongly recommend you come see us for an orthotics “check-up” appointment once per year after you receive your orthotics. We’ll examine your feet, examine your orthotics, examine your walking gait, and talk to you about your activities, goals, and any symptoms you might be having.
If we catch something in the early stages, we can usually tweak your orthotics to keep them in top shape, long before they start to really wear down.
That said, there are a few other telltale signs that you might need new orthotics, or at least might want to get your next check-up on the schedule:
- Return of pain (or new pain). Pain is always a sign that something is wrong. You may need new orthotics, or you may need an additional or different form of treatment.
- Signs of damage. A few scuffs or scratches are probably fine. Cracks, creases, and other signs of structural deterioration are not.
- Lifestyle changes. Significant events or “transformations” that occur after you first get your orthotics can cause you to need new ones. Examples include gaining or losing a lot of weight, pregnancy, recent knee surgery, etc.
- Tread wear. Every now and then, check the soles of an older pair of shoes. If you notice uneven or unusual wear patterns, it probably means your orthotics aren’t balancing you correctly.
The biggest reason of these, however, is the first one—pain. If your orthotics are working correctly, pain should be minimal and rare. If it starts coming back, don’t wait until your symptoms are severe to see us again!
Our hope is that you will enjoy many years of pain-free activity from your custom orthotics!
To schedule your appointment with one of our foot and ankle biomechanics specialists at Sunshein Podiatry Associates, please call us today at (937) 435-7477.
Please be assured that if you do have to make an appointment during this time of COVID-19, we are taking extensive steps to keep our office environment as safe and sterile as possible, and fully meeting or exceeding all currently recommended CDC guidelines. Telemedicine appointments are also available in many circumstances.