Quick Answer: How Do You Break In New Orthotics?

Can orthotics make things worse?

Custom foot orthotics should never increase your pain, cause blisters or create new problems during the break-in period.

Mild discomfort may occur as you get used to the new devices, but this discomfort should be no more than mild—similar to a bit of discomfort you might experience with a brand new pair of shoes..

How can I make my orthotics more comfortable?

Take the original footbeds out of the shoes and insert the orthotics. Wear the shoes with your orthotics in them around the store for a while to ensure comfort. The orthotics take up more room inside the shoe than the original insoles. You may need a shoe with a wider toe box, which is cut “taller” from top to bottom.

How long does it take to break in new orthotics?

4 weeksIt can take up to 4 weeks before you actually feel completely comfortable wearing your orthotics all day long. We also suggest you do not wear them for any strenuous physical activity until you feel completely comfortable with wearing your orthotics all the time.

Do Orthotics hurt at first?

Although your orthotics may eventually need adjusting, do your best to get used to them before making changes. After all, orthotics are rarely comfortable at first. That’s because they essentially retrain affected muscles to work differently.

Do Orthotics break down?

If you buy a pair of over-the-counter orthotics from the drug store, they’re not going to last long. That’s because they’re made of lower grade materials that break down more easily with prolonged pressure and weight.

Will I have to wear orthotics forever?

Yes you can absolutely stop wearing your orthotics and still be pain free. You will need to firstly be aware of what your foot posture is like without the orthotics. If you have been wearing orthotics for a substantial amount of time, it may take 3-6 months to eliminate wearing them completely.

How often should Orthotics be replaced?

every 3 yearsOur podiatrists recommend having your orthotics evaluated yearly, to check on wear, and replaced every 3 years. For pediatric orthotics, patients should follow up every 6 months, to monitor their development, and have their orthotics replaced after they grow 2 shoe sizes.

How long before orthotics stop hurting?

Orthotics are great devices but they do need a break in period to become comfortable. If your orthotic is causing you discomfort after two weeks, contact your Canadian Certified Pedorthist and book an appointment to see if any changes are necessary.

What happens if I stop wearing my orthotics?

If you choose not to wear your orthotics, you will be further damaging your feet to the point where it could lead to serious health issues. For example, custom orthotics are able to restore joint alignment in order for the surrounding muscles and connective tissue to maintain their function.

How long should orthotics last?

between two to three yearsTypically, high-quality prescription orthotics last between two to three years. Custom orthotics are designed to withstand wear and tear from standing and walking, but using them on a daily basis will inevitably result in damage over time.

Do Orthotics go over insoles?

It is always advisable to remove the footbed or insole from your shoes and replace them with your custom foot orthotics. You should not place your orthotics on top of the existing insoles. Your orthotics work best when they rest securely in your shoe, directly on the midsole (interior) of the shoe.

Should Orthotics be hard or soft?

If you are assessed correctly and you are cast for orthotics correctly for your biomechanical needs then material ‘hardness’ is irrelevant. (There are exceptions to this rule in situations like midfoot Osteoarthritis.) Hard orthotics work for clients that need control. Soft orthotics work for clients that need support.