Time Will Tell: How Long Custom Orthotics Last

November 01, 2017

People love to lament that things break down too quickly. In today’s day and age, with technology advancing and updating so rapidly, people are used to replacing many appliances, tech pieces, and home items on a regular basis. Sometimes it can feel like items are just designed to be replaced. The good news is that your custom orthotics are not like this! Well-made custom orthotics that are fabricated for your unique feet are built to last a while, particularly if you take care of them.

First, keep in mind that the shoe inserts from the pharmacy or the grocery store are not the same thing as custom orthotics. Over-the-counter, pre-fabricated insoles are general inserts made using average foot sizes and inexpensive materials. For some people, they can be very helpful for managing mild foot soreness or discomfort. The cheaper materials, however, mean the inserts are not built to last. After several months of regular wear and tear, they start to break down and will need to be replaced.

Custom orthotics that are usually prescribed by a podiatrist are made using special materials. They can either be semi-rigid or relatively soft, depending on your foot care needs. They are crafted to fit your individual foot and biomechanics, too, so they are designed uniquely for you. Because they are made on an individual basis and using more complex, high-quality materials, they are more durable than their prefabricated counterparts.

Ultimately this means your custom orthotics are built to last years, as long as you care for them properly. Even if you are logging tons of running miles with your custom orthotics, the life-span is far greater than over-the-counter orthtoics.