The average lifespan of an orthotic varies by factors such as the type of device, the materials it’s made from, and how it’s used and cared for.
The “orthotics” that you get from a drug store—the ones that are mass produced and slide in your shoes—may last for a few months, to a maximum of about 1 year for the highest quality products.
Custom orthotics, fitted by Dr. Birnbaum to your exact specifications, tend to have longer lifespans. If they’re made of softer materials, you might expect 2-3 years of good use. Orthotics made from harder substances, like molded plastic, could last 3-5 years or more.
How you use the orthotics can also make a big difference. If you use them every day, including for vigorous activity like running or sports, they will likely wear down a little faster. On the other hand, if you wear them only with certain shoes or during certain activities, and you take good care of them—including getting them adjusted or refurbished when necessary—a single pair could last 10 years or more.
For more information on custom orthotics, or to get your existing pair evaluated, refitted, or refurbished, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Stuart Birnbaum at Brook Valley Podiatry. Call (845) 352-7507 for Spring Valley, NY or fill out our online form.