Custom orthotics can be exactly the solution your feet need to feel relaxed and comfortable once again.
But since you don’t hear as much about them, you may not know how to get the most benefit from them once you have your own.
If you have custom orthotics, do this to make sure you get the relief you should from them:
1. Only Wear Orthoticss With the Type of Shoe They’re Designed For
Your custom orthotics have specifically been designed for a certain pair of shoes. Whether that’s your favorite work shoe or athletic shoes, make sure your orthotics go in the right pair only.
You simply won’t get the relief you want by using them with every pair. And you might damage your orthotics and reduce their ability to ease your pain and discomfort.
2. Slowly Increase The Time You Wear Your Orthotics
Your podiatrist will instruct you on how to first break in your orthotics. Make sure you follow what they say so your transition to using them goes as smoothly and comfortably as possible. It may take a few weeks before they feel comfortable.
3. When to Contact Your Podiatrist
You may feel odd pressure at different areas around your foot after a few days or weeks of breaking in your orthotics. Some days, you may begin to feel you have to force yourself to wear them.
If you begin to notice either of these situations happening, it’s time to give your podiatrist a call. These problems need to be fixed.
4. Keep Your Orthotics Dry
Sometimes you get caught in a bad weather situation and can’t keep your shoes from getting damp.
But, do your best to avoid this if at all possible. Too much moisture can warp the shape of your orthotics, which could reduce their ability to relieve your foot pain.
If your orthotics do get wet, let them dry, and keep them away from any heat sources while they do.
5. How to Wash Your Orthotics
Use soap with a mild potency. Wipe your orthotics down with a paper towel. Allow them to dry out before you wear them again.
Your orthotics cost a fair chunk of change, so make sure you follow these tips. And if you run into any problems you’re not sure how to address, give your podiatrist a call.