When to replace custom orthotics — watch for these signs

Biocorrect, LLC


Custom orthotics can be a big investment, so it’s understandable to want to maximize it with a pair of long-lasting inserts. There is no hard-and-fast time period custom orthotics should last for, and there are a number of factors that can affect longevity, including usage, care and individual mechanics. Even climate can play a small role in how quickly orthotics break down. 

Estimates for the life of a pair of orthotics vary from two to three years on the low end to as high as five or six. However, it’s important not to squeeze too much life out of a pair of orthotics, as trying to use them once they’re worn out can lead to an increased discomfort and risk of injury. To help you better understand the signals that tell you when to replace custom orthotics, take a moment to review the following information. 

Knowing when it’s time to replace custom orthotics

Custom orthotics are crafted to the specifications of the wearer’s feet and provide cushioning and support with high-tech foam and other materials. While high-quality custom orthotics are made to be more durable than mass-market insoles, the materials they are made from will begin to break down at some point. When this happens, their ability to support the feet and provide alignment will become compromised, which can lead to problems including the return of pain and increased stress on other joints. 

Here are some key early indicators that can tell you that it may be time to replace your custom orthotics, or at least have them checked: 

  • Visible wear on the insoles
  • Diminished cushioning after wearing them for normal periods of time 
  • Increased foot soreness
  • Changes in gait and posture

To get the most out of your insoles, it is highly recommended to closely follow the care instructions provided to you by the manufacturer. 

Biocorrect custom orthotics are crafted to last

If cared for properly, the fully custom orthotics made by Biocorrect are designed to last as long as six years. We use the highest-grade materials and are backed by more than 25 years of biomechanical expertise. If you’re ready to learn more, visit our online store and select the product and size that fits your needs and lifestyle.