How long do Talaria 3D orthoses last? 

Public (en) | March 8, 2023

Orthèses Talaria

Talaria creates its personalized orthoses using 3D foot scanning. This incredibly cutting-edge technology provides an ideal precision of the exact shape of the foot, in all its nuances and specificities, due to a sensor specialized in spatial acquisition. The image is then used to manufacture orthoses that are entirely custom-made.

How long do these highly developed insoles last after being worn? This is the question we shall answer. 

The duration of a 3D orthosis

Custom-made 3D orthoses have better fit, comfort, and accuracy. They also last longer than typical orthopedic insoles. This is due to the fact that they are entirely based on the patient’s foot. Foot orthoses, however long they endure, are not permanent. Depending on the level of wear, they need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years (as opposed to every 1 to 5 years for the basic models). Their lifespan can also be affected by a number of factors.

Lifespan affected by a patient’s lifestyle

Plantar orthoses worn by a particularly athletic person will wear out more quickly, especially if the physical activity in question puts a lot of strain on the feet (running, walking, etc).  The situation is similar for people who work in construction, for those who wear high-heeled shoes on a daily basis, or for children, because the latter’s foot morphology changes rapidly.

On the other hand, the foot orthoses of a patient who is largely sedentary and wears traditional shoes will last longer.

Lifespan affected by the orthoses’ quality

The manufacturing materials used in the design of plantar orthoses affect how long they last as well. The ability of the orthoses to withstand wear and tear over time while still supporting and correcting the wearer’s foot depends on the quality of the materials used.

Lifespan affected by the orthoses’ maintenance

Last but not least, maintenance extends the life of orthoses. Like with clothing and shoes, the care we give to these items, such as routine washing and proper storage, contributes to reducing their wear and tear. As a result, neglected and improperly cleaned orthoses will quickly deteriorate and require more frequent replacement.

How should 3D orthoses be maintained?

To last as long as possible, custom orthoses need to be properly cared for.

General maintenance of foot orthoses

It is crucial to take the orthoses off when the person takes off their shoes so they can air out and let the humidity that has built up escape.

Storage is also crucial; they should not be haphazardly stacked or trampled under a heap of shoes.

Cleaning foot orthoses

If the orthoses are dirty or smelly, it is advised to wash them with a cloth dipped in lukewarm water and mild soap before letting them air dry.

Follow-up visits for foot orthoses

Even though the orthoses last for many years, it is crucial to check in with the patient periodically to see how their body is responding to them. It also helps us to evaluate whether the orthoses continue to function properly and effectively over time.

How do plantar orthoses show signs of wear?

We can determine whether the orthoses are ending thanks to a number of factors. It can be a deformation of the sole, a particularly pronounced collapse of the contact points, or obvious wear of the covering with regard to the sole.

Wear and tear become apparent to the patient when experiencing new pains.

Custom-made foot orthoses require good maintenance to last

Even the highest quality custom 3D orthoses need to be replaced when they become worn out. They have the benefit of not only being extremely precise and effective, but also of having a longer lifespan than conventional orthoses if the patient takes proper care of them.

Contact the Talaria foot orthoses experts without delay if you are interested in taking impressions, 3D modeling, and would like more information on custom-made models.