Custom-made foot orthotics are medical devices that are designed to support and align your feet. They are made from a variety of materials, including plastic, metal, and carbon fiber.
How long do custom-made foot orthotics last?
Custom-made foot orthotics typically require refurbishing every 2 to 5 years. However, the exact lifespan of your orthotics will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The materials used: Orthotics made from more durable materials, such as carbon fiber, will typically last longer than orthotics made from less durable materials, such as plastic.
- Your level of activity: If you are very active, your orthotics will likely wear out more quickly than if you are less active.
- How well you take care of them: Orthotics that are well-maintained will last longer than orthotics that are not well-maintained.
Tips for extending the life of your custom-made foot orthotics:
There are a number of things you can do to extend the life of your custom-made foot orthotics, including:
- Keep them clean and dry: Wipe down your orthotics with a damp cloth after each use. Avoid wearing them in the shower or bath.
- Store them properly: If you live in a humid climate, store your orthotics in a cool, dry place.
- Inspect them regularly: Inspect your orthotics regularly for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks or holes.
- Have them checked by a professional: Have your orthotics checked by a podiatrist or other healthcare professional at least once a year to make sure they are still providing the support you need.
- Have your foot orthotics refurbished by a reputable laboratory every few years.
- Order a duplicate pair of foot orthotics so you will have a backup pair while yours are being refurbished.
When to refurbish your custom-made foot orthotics:
You should refurbish your custom-made foot orthotics if they are no longer providing the support you need or if they are showing signs of wear and tear. Here are some signs that it may be time to refurbish your orthotics:
- Your orthotics are not as supportive as they used to be: If you notice that your orthotics are not as supportive as they used to be, it may be time to have them replaced.
- Your orthotics are showing signs of wear and tear: If your orthotics are cracked, torn, or otherwise damaged, it is time to have them replaced. Some laboratories can duplicate your orthotics even if they are broken.
- If you have a change in your medical condition, such as a change in your weight or activity level, you may need to have your orthotics adjusted or replaced.
If you are unsure whether or not it is time to replace or refurbish your custom-made foot orthotics, consult with a podiatrist or other healthcare professional.