Orthotics are meant to transform the way your feet work. They do wonders with for many foot conditions that podiatrists treat regularly. Most of the time the orthotics that are issued to you will focus on your condition and even help in areas you didn’t know existed as problems.
Your brand new orthotics should be treated like any other sole you own in terms of care. Cleaning them and making sure they aren’t ruined over wear and tear.
Let’s talk about cleaning your orthotics and taking good care of them to ensure their lifetime value.
Keeping Orthotics Clean
When we say clean, we mean inside and out.
There are plenty of sole cleaners you can find at stores like footlocker and finish line. Yes, they can become pricey. Which is why your podiatrist probably recommends soap and warm water with a washcloth. You don’t want to use water that’s too hot for the surface of the orthotic since this can damage them. Ensuring that your orthotics are completely dry before wearing them can help avoid the birth or spread of athlete’s foot.
However, it’s entirely up to you whether or not you’d like to use store bought sole cleaner kits or soap and warm water to clean your orthotics.
Socks with orthotics
Generally, people like to wear socks with shoes and insoles. Orthotics are no different but it’s entirely up to you whether or not you wear socks with your orthotics. Your podiatrist will probably recommend wearing socks with your new orthotics in the early stages of having them.
If you’re eventually going to wear your orthotics without socks let your podiatrist know as there are better top covers suited for wearing orthotics without socks.
When you’re choosing socks to wear with your orthotics the ones you typically wear may become uncomfortable. In this instance do some shopping around and see whether or not you like thin or thick socks with your orthotics. This can be 100% personal preference.
Your orthotics and shoes
To be put simply, there are shoes you should and shouldn’t wear with orthotics. Ideally, the shoes you choose to wear with your orthotics need to be fitted in terms comfort. Laces and straps that can secure your foot against the orthotic will do the job here.
- Footwear to avoid when shoe shopping for orthotics:
- Flip Flops
- Sandals (with no strap support)
Clearly, these footwear products mentioned above could expose your orthotics to weather elements or even slip off without proper measures taken to secure them on your feet. Yes, like laces and straps.
Some shoes may not agree with your orthotics. These are usually shoes that are super fashionable too, sadly. When you go shopping for shoes make sure you try on the shoe before you buy it to ensure compatibility with your orthotics.
Recap on Orthotics
Brand new orthotics take 1-2 weeks to become one with their owner. Or completely adjusted. Your orthotics can work wonders with foot complications, hip pain, back pain, and overall incorrect body alignment.
Research and countless patient testimonials prove that orthotics work for relieving many causes of foot pain. If you haven’t tried orthotics and have been thinking about giving them a go give our team a call at (303) 422-6043 or schedule an appointment online at tmfa.co/visit and mention orthotics in your message.
You could need orthotics and don’t even know it! How do your feet feel?