Once you discover the joy and comfort of orthotics, you’ll probably wonder why you ever waited. This is a simple way to greatly improve the quality of your life and protect your feet. The next question you probably have 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 orthotics really comes down to two simple things: how your feet 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. A good quality, technically advanced custom orthotic such as the ezWalker should last as long as your shoe does.

Be mindful, however, that wear and tear is also highly dependent on your lifestyle. For instance, if you are a runner, or are on your feet all day at work, 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 your back, feet, legs 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 more quickly than wearing them while at work in an office each day.

• Wear or Damage
Carefully inspect your orthotics. If you see any cracks, broken pieces or if the soles have worn thin, it is time to replace them.

• Shoes
Check the bottom of your shoes for signs of uneven wear. Orthotics are meant to correct any deformities in your feet, including bodily alignment. Your shoes can tell you if there are any signs of uneven wear, and if so, it’s time to adjust or replace your orthotics.

Once you try orthotics, you’ll find the benefits far outweigh the small expense. Overall, you will immediately feel a vast difference in comfort and support. You can do more of what you love and have less foot fatigue. And honestly, chronic foot and leg pain from a lack of orthotics can ruin your whole outlook on life.

Of course not all orthotics or insoles are equal. In the long run, it pays to invest in the best quality you can find, and stay with a brand that maintains high industry standards.