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Written by a Paris Pedorthist

A Pedorthist showing a client how a custom foot orthotic functions

Orthotics can be an invaluable investment and costly to replace. Protect your comfort and investment by having them repaired. This can extend the lifespan of your orthotics, assuming the main structural components are intact.

Over time, both the hard and soft components break down and can affect the structure and function of your orthotics. If your orthotic shows signs of wear, your Pedorthist can determine whether a repair or replacement is needed. Here are some general guidelines that you can follow:

Soft components should be replaced every year or two

The softer components (cushioning, covers, and pads) are commonly worn before firmer shell materials. This is because they are subject to friction, compression, and moisture. If it has been 1-2 years, and there have been no new injuries or symptoms, you can have the worn-out soft components replaced. However, an appointment with your orthotic provider is recommended if you experience new symptoms within the same period. Booking time with your orthotic provider ensures they can assess whether repairs or minor adjustments are appropriate.

A graphic illustration of the components of custom foot orthotics

Firm shell materials should last 3-5 years

Over time, the shell materials will wear and fatigue due to daily stresses and activity. For example, softer shells (cork, foam) can compress and change shape. While more rigid shell materials (plastic, composites) can fatigue and become more flexible with time. If the shell has worn down or fractured, repairs are not recommended. In this case, it's time for a new pair of orthotics, as the shell isn't providing the support it should.

Time for a new assessment

We recommend being reassessed every 3-5 before we make a new pair or orthotics to ensure the previous design is still adequate. It may also be time for a reassessment if you have had an injury, surgery, pregnancy, or considerable weight changes. These things can also alter your mechanics, which could dictate orthotic prescription changes. A notable change in your activity type or level is another reason to reassess your orthotic needs.

A man sitting at kitchen table putting a custom foot orthotic into a pair of running shoes

Once orthotics go into your shoes, you usually forget they're there until something feels wrong. A custom foot orthotic that fits your anatomy and helps treat current ailments is integral in keeping your body aligned and functioning the way it should. Periodic replacements of the covers, pads, and cushioning can maintain the functionality of your orthotics for years, keeping you comfortable and at the top of your game!

You can drop your orthotics at one of our locations to be repaired or book an appointment to have them repaired while you wait*. If it's time to be reassessed, give us a call or book online.

*for a nominal fee


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