Caring for Custom Orthotics

Tips to care for custom orthoticsThere are always things we wish would last longer—like vacation, ice cream cones, and sleep! When you buy a car or an expensive outfit, you take special care because these are items you want to make last, too—you want to protect your investments, and get the most value out of them, right? Well, custom orthotics are an investment in the health of your feet—which is pretty important stuff—So, here are some tips to ensure your orthotics are as effective and last as long as possible:

  1. Break them in slowly. Because these devices change the mechanics of your feet, there may be an adjustment period. We recommend wearing them for 1-2 hours the first day, then adding an hour each day until you build up to 6-8 hours. Once this is tolerable, you can start wearing your orthotics throughout the day, for activities, work, and more.

  1. Keep them clean. A big part of caring for your orthotics is preventing the absorption of dirt and odor-causing bacteria. Use a mild soap and warm water to clean your orthotics on a regular basis. Applying powder to them will help as well, and as an added bonus, will minimize any squeaking that may occur.

  1. Make sure your shoes are accommodative. Improper fit may lead to blisters and irritation, as well as negating the corrective properties of the devices. Custom orthotics can be made to fit a wide-variety of footwear. Contact us if you are having trouble wearing your orthotics with certain shoes.

  1. Avoid extreme temperatures. Severe heat or cold may affect the materials from which your orthotics are made, causing warping or breakage. Don’t leave the devices in shoes near heaters, in the direct sun, or out in the cold.

With proper custom orthotic care, you can extend the longevity of these devices, and at the same time, increase their effectiveness. Now, if only there was a way to prolong that alarm clock from going off!

Contact us if you have any questions or need our help. You can schedule an appointment at our Houston, TX office by calling (713) 493-7372.

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