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Breaking in Your Custom Orthotics

Last Modified: 07/17/2013

Custom Orthotics are designed to improve the function of your feet and help with abnormal biomechanics. First and foremost, it is important to follow the guidelines oultined by your practitioner if you custom orthotics were prescribed.  Foot Companion fabricates all custom orthotics using a positive mold of your feet to ensure the best fit and function.  Below, we have outlined a few tips below on wearing and caring for your new custom orthotics.

1.      Before you wear your new orthotics, make sure your shoes can accommodate the device.  Make certain there is enough room in the length and width of the shoe, so that the orthotics sits flat in the shoe.

2.      If possible, remove any lining in the shoes before inserting your custom orthotics.  In some instances, you may need to trim the edges if necessary for proper fit.  Only the toe are should be trimmed, not the heel or arch area.

3.      Once in the shoe, the heel of the orthotic should fit back against the heel counter of the shoe.

4.      It is suggested that you wear your custom orthotics every time you wear shoes, and wear them in the style of shoe for which they were designed.

5.      Your new orthotics should be noticeable but not uncomfortable, as it is molded from your feet.  You can start by wearing them a few hours the first day.   Increase usage in increments, until you are able to wear them all day.   It may take as much as 2-3 weeks to get fully acclimated to your orthotics. 

6.      To care for your orthotics, it is suggested that you take them out of your shoes at least a few times a week, to air out.  You can wipe them clean with a soft damp cloth, using only water.  Harsh detergent will damage the materials

7.      If you have any questions or concerns, please do address them with our Pedorthist or Customer Service Department.  And if your orthotics were prescription orthotics, you can address any concerns with your practitioner.

Thank you for your time and we wish you all the best, and enjoy your new orthotics!

Best Regards,

Foot Companion, Inc.

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