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How Long Do Custom Orthotics Last?

Learn about the lifespan of different types of orthotics, what determines their durability, how to know if they need to be replaced, and what you can do to make them last longer.

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By Babafemi Adebajo
Joel Taylor
Edited by Joel Taylor

Published January 17, 2022.

From bringing pain relief to improving mobility, providing support, and aiding healing from different injuries, custom orthotics help improve quality of life. However, they have a lifespan of effectiveness varies depending on the materials used to make them and the environmental factors it is subjected to.

Durability of Custom Orthotics

While the average lifespan of an over-the-counter orthotic is 6-12 months, a custom orthotics’ average lifespan is about 2-3 years.

Several factors can increase their durability, such as:

  • Materials The softer the materials a custom orthotic is fabricated from, the faster it will wear out. Generally, orthotics made from hard plastic, polypropylene, or carbon fiber braces last the longest.
  • Frequency of use Wear and tear increases with the frequency of use.
  • The intensity of activity Orthotics used when performing intense sporting activities like running, jogging, and jumping will not last as long as those used for everyday activity.

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When to Replace Custom Orthotics

Know that it’s time to replace your custom orthotics if your symptoms return. Additionally, if you notice that they don’t give as much support/cushioning as before, there is observable damage in the design of the orthotic (e.g. worn thread), or if they have already survived more than their average lifespan, then you should start preparing to change or refurbish them.

Likewise, significant lifestyle changes like pregnancy or knee replacement surgery may warrant replacing your custom orthotics. You can visit the Upstep website, answer a few questions, and order a replacement. You can also acquire new custom-fitted orthotics from us, or find out exactly how often you should replace or change your orthotic insoles.

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