Once you are turned on to the joys and comfort of adopting orthotics in your shoes you will probably wonder why it took this long to take advantage of this simple way to improve the quality of your life and protect your feet. The next question is how long do orthotics last and when should they be swapped out for a fresh pair.
While there is no strict timeline, the vitality of your orthotic really comes down to two simple things: how you feel and if your shoes are worn out. If you start to experience the same discomfort you had without your orthotic, then it’s time to get a replacement. Also it’s a good time to re-evaluate your foot condition to determine the type of orthotic that’s most suitable for your foot. Consequently, a good quality, technically advanced orthotic should last as long as your shoe does. Here at Lambton Chiropractic Centre we use only top of the line custom fit orthotics for our patients.
Be mindful, however, that wear and tear also depends highly on your lifestyle. Use common sense. For instance, if you are a runner you should check the condition of your shoes and orthotics more often. The good news is that there are various models of orthotics for all your different shoes and activities.
Judge when to replace your insole or orthotic by referencing the following:
• Pain – If you experience any type of pain, whether it is in the back, feet or ankles, it may be time to replace your orthotics. You should not experience pain while standing, jogging or even jumping in your orthotics. Also, your feet should not experience pain from calluses or corns, which are signs your feet have been rubbing inside your shoe.
• Use – Follow this simple rule: the more day-to-day activities, the more quickly you will need to replace your orthotics. Activities like jogging, for example, wear down your orthotics quicker than wearing them while at work each day.
• Wear or Damage – Take a look at your orthotics. If you see any cracks, broken pieces or the soles have worn thin, it is time to replace them.
• Shoes – Look at the bottom of your shoes. Orthotics are meant to correct any deformities in your feet, including alignment of your body. Checking your shoes can tell you if there are any signs of uneven wear.
If you haven’t tried them, the benefits of utilizing orthotics far outweighs the small expense. Overall, you will immediately feel the vast difference in comfort and support. You can do more of what you love and have less foot fatigue which ultimately leads to despair and feeling dismal. And remember not all orthotics or insoles are equal. In the long run, it pays to invest in the best quality. For more information please contact us at Lambton Chiropractic Centre.