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How Often Do I Need To Replace My Orthotics?

Updated: Jul 9, 2023

Custom Foot Orthotics are medical devices prescribed by your podiatrist to treat many different issues in the feet and lower legs. An orthotic works by altering the way force is distributed through your feet and legs to reduce load in damaged structures. They may be required for a short period or for longer depending on the issue you are suffering from.

There are a number of factors which can affect the lifespan of your orthotics. These include:

  • The type of orthotics: Polypropylene and 3D printed orthotics tend to be more durable as they are made out of more rigid materials. EVA orthotics can be less durable though this depends on the density of EVA used.

A pair of 3D printed orthotics
3D printed orthotics

  • The activities you use your orthotics for: Your work and hobbies will affect the lifespan of your orthotics. For example, a marathon runner will wear out their orthotics far quicker than someone wearing their orthotics for an hour a day at the gym. Similarly, we tend to see tradesmen compressing their orthotics quicker than some office workers and may require their orthotics replaced more regularly.

  • The condition you are being treated for: Different issues will require different orthotics. This may lead to the orthotics no longer being suitable after your current condition is resolved.

  • Growth: More commonly an issue in children, an orthotic may no longer fit as the foot grows. If foot length has increased by more than one shoe size since getting the orthotics, they should definitely be assessed.

  • You have started to develop pain: This is one of the most important reasons to return for an assessment. It can indicate that the orthotics have compressed or degraded or that they are no longer suitable for your feet.

At My Family Podiatry, we recommend that orthotics are checked at least every 12 months. This allows us to assess your orthotics, look for compression or wear in the materials and to ensure they are still suitable for your feet. If at this consultation the orthotic is not yet worn out, it can be kept in a less regularly used pair of shoes (most common is garden or house shoes) with a fresh set of orthotics made for your most commonly worn shoes.

If you have orthotics that you feel might need replacing or if you are experiencing any lower limb or foot pain, call 07 3088 6116 or book online through the button above.

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