About Your Orthotics
1. You may feel side effects from you new orthoses. Wearing your foot orthoses too often at the beginning is the most common complaint patients have. Your break-in time will normally last one to three weeks.
2. You may have aching in the feet or legs. This is due to tired muscles and the change in your foot position. This is normal and expected.
3. You may need different footwear for your orthoses. Shoes that tie or Velcro shoes are best. Clogs, “flip flops”, or many dress sandals are not appropriate because the orthoses will fall out of the shoe. Shoes with removable insoles are helpful, as the insoles can be taken out and then replaced.
4. It is a good idea to take the orthoses out of your shoes at night. This helps them breathe. It will help any sweat or moisture to dry from the insoles and inside of your shoes.
Wearing and Use of Orthotics
1. Follow the wearing schedule given to you by your practitioner. The wearing time includes both time when you are walking and sitting. Limit your wearing time if you have pain in your feet or legs, or any skin redness.
2. Do not worry if it takes more time to adjust than you expect. Increase your wearing slowly even if you do not experience any problems.
3. If you have any sharp pains, skin breakdown, blisters or rashes, stop using them immediately and call for an appointment. We will make the necessary adjustments.
Please call if you have any problems with or have questions about your orthoses. Report any changes in your health or physical condition which may affect the fit or function of your orthoses. This would include changes in weight, swelling, muscle strength, or recent surgeries.
An appointment is required to make changes or adjustments to your orthoses.
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Last Updated: 04/18/2012
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