Breaking in Your Custom Orthotics So Health and Comfort Compliment Each Other

Custom Orthotics and ShoesUsing custom orthotics is a fantastic way to help your feet feel better and be healthy. These small inserts can do wonders for your body. By providing support in different areas of your feet, you can prevent injury in your feet and walk more comfortably.

Because custom orthotics are not you’re a conventional pair of new shoes, they require a little bit of an adjustment so your feet can get used to their new position and areas of support.

As with any new shoe, you must break in your orthotics slowly. During this time, you may need to make minor adjustments so that your orthotics can properly correct any foot imbalances you had before. The break-in period for custom orthotics is typically one to six weeks. During this time, you may experience some discomfort in your feet or legs. If this discomfort continues or gets excessive, it is important to contact your doctor.

As you get used to your new shoes, here are a few rules to follow to help you break in your custom orthotics properly.

  • Always wear socks while you break in your new shoes.
  • Although you may have some pressure in the arches of your feet, you should never feel any sharp edges with your orthotic inserts.
  • Before running in orthotics, walk in them to break them in. When they feel comfortable to walk in for long periods of time, then you can run in them.
  • If you hear a squeaking noise with your orthotics, try adding foot powder to your shoes.
  • Clean your orthotics with soap and warm water. Avoid using hot water, as that will damage the custom inserts.
  • If your orthotics become damaged or broken, call your podiatrist immediately.

As with any new health treatment, it is crucial that you follow your podiatrist’s instructions closely. By using these guidelines, as well as those provided by your podiatrist, you will be on your way to walking in shoes that not only feel great, but also support you having healthy feet. If you have any questions or concerns while breaking in your orthotics, contact Podiatry Associates today, or schedule an appointment at our Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, or Parker office locations, by calling 303-805-5156.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC