If you are someone who has previously suffered from foot, hip, knee and lower back pain then orthotics may be the optimum solution for your welfare needs. Once you have gone to the doctor and have been advised that you need to wear them to better align your body then you will find that you not only suffer from less pain but also have improved stability and less pressure put on areas where previously too much pressure was applied.

While orthotics are generally very easy to get used to, it is still important that you take the necessary steps to making them more comfortable and worn in. Rushing your feet into a new position is not recommended for the best long term benefits. Here are some of our top tips to make sure you get along with your orthotics as efficiently as possible, regardless of whether you have plantar fasciitis insoles or another variety:

Wearing in period

Your podiatrist should advise you on the optimum length of time that you should be wearing your orthotics to ensure that your body gets used to them. It is generally recommended that you wear your orthotics for one hour per day which should increase by an hour each day after that. This means that after 7 days you should be able to wear your orthotics for 7 hours.

Sporting activities and orthotics

It is typically advised that you refrain from sports until you are able to wear your orthotics comfortably on a day to day basis. Once you have completed your first review, you can then continue to look towards getting back to playing sports. Once you are able to wear your orthotics for an entire day for a week and are comfortable in doing so, then this is generally a good indication that you can play sports.

Cleaning

It is recommended that your orthotics are cleaned with soap and warm water and dried completely before being worn again. Keeping your orthotics clean will allow you to get the best wear out of them and prevent them from getting smelly.

Socks

The saying goes that your orthotics are only as good as the shoes you wear them with so be sure to wear comfortable shoes that are not too low cut to make the most of their power. Similarly it is advised that you wear socks, particularly when breaking them in so that your feet are both as comfortable as possible.

Aches

In the rarest of cases aches might be felt in the initial period of you starting to wear them and this is essentially your body telling you that they are working as they are causing your body to work in a new and better way! Initial discomfort is normal but should it persist, you will be recommended to see your podiatrist. In the meantime, consider pain killers and grinning and bearing it!

Blisters

While orthotic blisters are rare, they can occur but the great thing is there are ways in which you can prevent them. Be sure to speak to your podiatrist if you are seeing blisters emerge so that they can be best managed.

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