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Should I Refurbish Custom Orthotics or Buy New Ones?

Do you have a pair of orthotics that are beginning to wear down and can't decide whether to refurbish or buy new ones? Read this article to help you decide.

Joel Taylor
By Joel Taylor
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Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published August 31, 2021.

Orthotics don't last forever, and at some point, they will be too worn down to give you any more use. Continuing to wear them could bring about more problems than benefits, and so you'll have to decide between refurbishing old ones or purchasing new ones.

Refurbishing Custom Orthotics

A new pair of custom orthotics can cost hundreds of dollars, which many people may not be able to afford. As it turns out, orthotics, even custom ones, can be refurbished for a much cheaper price.

One thing to consider is the severity of the condition that you are treating. If your symptoms are mild and don't require a particularly radical adjustment to your natural gait, then refurbishment is likely all you'll need and will be much cheaper than buying a new pair.

Additionally, if your orthotics are still relatively new and are still functioning correctly, then you might be able to get away with a simple refurbishment.

Replacing Custom Orthotics

If your orthotics are extremely old, have suffered significant damage or wear and tear, or simply aren't giving you the right support anymore, then replacing them is likely the route you'll need to take. Changes to your condition could also require a new pair of different orthotics with specific standards that can't be implemented in the refurbishment of existing orthotics. While you can refurbish mildly worn or damaged orthotics, they all have a definitive lifespan.

The Final Verdict

When deciding whether to refurbish old orthotics or purchase new ones, there are a lot of things to take into account. Thankfully, you likely won't have to replace them more than once a year, and sometimes can even keep them longer. Usually, there will be follow up treatments for most podiatric issues and your podiatrist will be able to give you an educated opinion on whether you will be alright to refurbish your existing orthotics or if a new pair is required.