How Long Do Orthotics Last?

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Custom orthotics are prescription foot supports that correct alignment, alleviate pain and balance the biomechanical inadequacies of your foot and leg. Often they are mistaken to be insoles or arch support that are available over-the-counter at pharmacies but that’s incorrect. Over-the-counter insoles are not genuine orthotics. Custom orthotics are exclusively designed to conform to the unique shape of each foot. 

The prescription adheres to the detailed composition of the orthotics needed to correct specific medical conditions. A pair of custom orthotics reduces muscle strain, pain, alignment and ensures that the foot is functioning properly. They improve balance, provide shock absorption, offload pressure from areas of the foot that are prone to corn, calluses and ulcers, keeping you active for longer.

Who Needs Custom Orthotics

Prescription custom orthotics are of two types: functional and accommodative. 

  • Functional orthotics treat specific foot conditions in individuals and athletes by improving alignment and functionality of the foot. The conditions can range from flat feet and plantar fasciitis to heel spur and abducto valgus.
  • Accommodative orthotics help to distribute feet pressure evenly and greatly benefit seniors with sensitive feet or those who are prone to painful corns, calluses and ulcerations. Custom orthotics also include combinations of both the functional and accommodative components, depending on the foot conditions, lifestyle, activity and type of footwear.

How to Tell When Orthotics Need Replacement

  • Custom orthotics are designed to offer firm support and durability. However, with frequent use, they run the danger of wearing out. 
  • The harder your feet hit the ground, the faster they deteriorate. 
  • When you find the support slipping from your feet, you know they need to be replaced. 
  • They get worn out with time and use. That’s when you need to replace them.
  • On an average, a regular pair of orthotics can last from one to five years. 
  • High-quality materials can last longer. Those made from soft plastic or foam need annual replacement.
  • If they don’t fit right or you develop foot pain, you know you need to replace them for a new pair.
  • Pain is the biggest giveaway. Observe if you have pain in the back, feet or ankles when you stand, jog or jump in your orthotics. Replace them then.
  • If your feet rub against the shoe, frequently causing corns or calluses, it’s time to get a new pair.
  • If they are cracked, broken or the soles have worn out, get new ones.
  • Lifestyle changes such as surgery, pregnancy and weight fluctuations can affect the fitting. Change your orthotics if your feet feel uncomfortable.

If your orthotics need replacement, visit a custom orthotics professional to get a new pair.

Dundas Chiropractic – Oakville’s Best Chiropractic and Orthotics Treatment Centre

Dundas Chiropractic offers a variety of treatments and therapies for all forms of pain and discomfort related to the back. We dedicate our efforts to providing necessary care for each of our patients. If you suffer from weak feet, structural problems or pain in your knees, hips or lower back, give us a call. 

Orthotics are good for your feet and can help you heal. We take accurate measurements of your feet to ensure they are firmly supported. At least 16 different measurements are taken to provide a snug fit. Please note that the insoles at your drug store are not the same as prescription orthotics. Insoles may reduce pressure by increasing padding below your feet but custom orthotics provide a foot-bed that is molded for each uniquely shaped foot. Contact us to check if you need them.

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