Break-In Your Orthotics

Your new orthotics will take some time to get used to. Each orthotic is custom made for you and your needs.

It is recommended that you wear them in only one pair of shoes during the break-in period. It is best to break-in your orthotics with a new pair of shoes that have NOT been broken down or stretched out. Properly fitting footwear is essential for the orthotic to work correctly.

Start by wearing them for no more than two hours the first day, and increase wear time by one hour each day after that. It may take from three to four weeks before you can wear them comfortably all day.

Avoid running or other intense activities with the orthotics until your feet have had an opportunity to adjust to the new foot posture and you can wear them 8 hours a day. For runners, it is possible that some irritation may also develop in the arch, usually just behind the big toe.

If you feel a “hotness” developing in this area take the orthotics out before a blister is formed. Lubricating this area may be helpful until the skin becomes toughened up. If you experience discomfort in your feet, ankles, knees or back while wearing your new orthotics, take them out of your shoes and reduce the wear time by one hour each day until the discomfort disappears. Resume the normal break-in procedure, increasing wear time by an hour per day.

If you experience discomfort in your feet, ankles, knees or back while wearing your new orthotics, take them out of your shoes and reduce the wear time by one hour each day until the discomfort disappears. Resume the normal break-in procedure, increasing wear time by an hour per day.

If after 30 days, you are still having difficulty adjusting to the orthotics, contact our office for instructions. Your orthotics may need to be adjusted. Do not attempt to adjust the orthotics yourself. Be patient, the results will be long lasting.

This may require you to follow alternative instructions from our doctor.

If your orthotics squeak, try any one of the following:

  1. Sprinkling powder on the insole of the shoe before placing the orthotic in the shoe.
  2. Apply adhesive tape or moleskin to the underside of the distal end of the orthotic. The tape reduces the abrasion friction of the orthotic against the insole, eliminating the squeak.
  3. Put a dryer sheet under the rearfoot post.

Questions? Call us at 888-353-7483 or Ask The Doctor