Orthotic Care

Orthotics are made from medical grade plastics and are generally hypoallergenic. They require little maintenance.

To clean, apply glass cleaner on a paper towel and wipe them off. This will help clean and disinfect them. You may also clean them with a sponge soaked in a mild solution of liquid dish detergent, rinsing afterwards with clean water. Air dry only.

If you should get your orthotic wet, take the insoles out of your shoes and lay them in a dry area with good air circulation. You may wipe them down with a dry absorbent towel or cloth.

Do NOT put your orthotics near any heat source to dry them out.

You may sprinkle the orthoses with a good quality talcum or foot powder to deodorize and reduce friction between your stockings and the support. Baking soda may also be used as a deodorizer.

Stockings can have an important impact on the comfort of orthotics. If your feet are sensitive, use good quality blister free socks. Some coarse knit or figured (cable knit) socks can increase friction and make orthotics less comfortable. Consult with your Pedorthist for advice on the proper stockings for your skin type, activity level, or health concerns.

If you have pets, especially larger ones that are prone to chew, keep your insoles away from them. We regularly have to replace supports that are destroyed by the family dog.

Repairs can be done at any time your insoles show obvious wear. This is a good time to see if they require adjustment. If you experience new symptoms or a resumption of old ones, it may indicate a need for attention. Your Pedorthist can usually tell by inspecting your orthotics as to whether or not they are giving proper support. With proper care and maintenance, custom-made foot orthoses will last between 2 and 5 years.

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