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Know When to Replace Your Orthotics

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The Milford, Connecticut area has many great trails and parks for a fall run. The autumn season is beautiful here in New England—and going for a jog is a good way to enjoy the scenery. Just remember to pay attention to your feet, particularly if you need orthotics. Soreness and persistent pain can signal that something is not right. It may be time to replace your orthotics.

Custom orthotics are durable. They are crafted from sturdy materials, like thick foam, cork, and plastic, with the ability to last for several years. However, the constant wear and tear of walking strains the orthotic over time, eventually compromising its shape and stability. As it breaks down, it loses its ability to support your feet correctly.

How quickly a custom insert wears out really depends on both how it’s made and how much you strain it. Wearing orthotics every day in regular footwear will break them down more quickly than the pair you wear occasionally in dress shoes. Running orthotics for marathons deal with more wear and tear than inserts for casual weekend jogs. Athletes who pound the ground with every step will need a new pair sooner than players with light footsteps. Exactly when you replace your orthotics simply depends on the way and amount you use them—but there are ways to tell if a pair is wearing thin.

Pay attention to how your feet feel when you’re wearing your custom inserts. If everything seems fine and comfortable, your orthotics are probably ok. If you notice your feet getting sore or aching more frequently, however, the materials may be breaking down and becoming less effective. Also, consider how long you’ve had a pair of custom inserts and how much you use them. They may be due for an update if you’ve owned them a couple years or you use them heavily.

There isn’t a formula for knowing when to replace your orthotics, but if you use these inserts at all, you’ll need to pay attention to them and watch for signs of wear. Let Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. help you manage your inserts so your feet stay supported. Use our website or call to make an appointment with us: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location. 

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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