Orthotics are shoe inserts that help support fallen or high arches, relieve back pain, ease joint aches, and fix issues with gait. If you use orthotics, you may be wondering how long they should last and when you should replace them. There are a few things to consider when answering these questions, such as the type of orthotics you use and how much you wear them. Our Plano, TX, podiatry specialist explains more here.
Custom orthotics are typically made of foam or plastic and are molded to your exact foot shape by our podiatrist. Our podiatrist evaluates your specific needs and foot shape, which guarantees that these orthotics will take care of your foot problems. The other type of orthotics can be bought in most drugstores and cut to fit the inside of your shoes. These types don’t last as long and may not take care of your specific issue.
Custom orthotics can last about two years, since they are custom fit to your foot and move with you. Keep in mind that the more you wear them, the faster they will need to be replaced. If you aren’t feeling any pain and the orthotics still fit your feet properly, they are most likely okay. Once they begin causing foot pain or cause discomfort during sports or other activities, you should consider replacing them.
Store-bought orthotics don’t last as long since they aren’t custom fit to your foot. These should be replaced as soon as you notice that they are not fitting as well or are causing foot pain. Wearing poorly fitted orthotics can cause foot and gait problems.
If you are unsure about the status of your orthotics, you can make an appointment with our podiatrist to have them evaluated for a proper fit. You should see our podiatrist every six months for an exam as well, to ensure that your orthotics are doing a proper job of supporting your feet.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office near Plano, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
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