Adjusting to your new custom- made orthotics

Your orthotics have been prescribed and designed to change abnormalities in your foot posture and function which can affect your legs, knees, hips and lower back.  This will change how you use these muscles and joints. During transition to this improved way of function sometimes your muscles and joints may become tired and painful (similar to doing a new exercise at the gym). It is important to wear in your orthotics slowly for the first week. This wear-in period allows the parts of your foot that don’t usually touch the ground to get used to the orthotics pressure and for muscles and joints to adapt gradually to their improved function.

Orthotic wear-in guidelines

  • Wear your new orthotics for casual working and around the house for the first couple of days

  • Increase the time you wear the orthotics every day by one hour per day.

  • Reduce your wearing time or have a rest day if you are feeling sore or fatigued by the orthotics.

  • After 1 week, you will probably be wearing your orthotics for the majority of the day. At this point, you are ready to commence wearing them for all day activities, sports or running. 

  • Everyone responds differently to orthotics so this is a guide only.  If it takes you twice as long to wear them in, that is ok.

  • Orthotics sometimes require adjustment and the 1 month review appointment is a good time to talk with your podiatrist about any concerns that you may have with your orthotics.

Other useful orthotic info

  • The orthotic cover is usually the first thing to wear out (usually 1+ years) and can easily be replaced.

  • Orthotic devices will assist a reduction in your symptoms. It is important to also do other treatment (excercises, stretches etc) that your podiatrist has advised to achieve quickest resolution of symptoms.

  • When the symptoms subside, you may not have to continue wearing them and your podiatrist will advise you on this.

  • Upon initially wearing the insoles you may experience the following symptoms: Aching in the knees, hips, thighs,lower legs, back or in the soles of the feet. Symptoms should settle down in the first week of wearing your orthotics. Should these symptoms continue, or become worse, remove the insoles, then contact the clinic directly to book a review appointment as the insoles may need further adjustments.

NB: Information is strictly for informational purposes. If symptoms persist, please contact your podiatrist.

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