Orthotics can be used to treat foot, leg, or back problems. While there are so many over-the-counter insoles you can purchase, it is important to always remember that custom foot orthotics are fabricated differently. Not all of them will give you the support you need to treat your condition. When it is deemed necessary, you need to speak to a doctor to have custom orthotics designed for you. A custom orthotic will not only offer the support you need but will also be comfortable and fit your footwear perfectly to compliment your activity of choice. But how do you break in custom orthotics?
How to Break in Custom Orthotics
While custom orthotics are based on a comfortable integration to footwear together with modifications needed to make them work effectively, you will not feel comfortable in them right away. To ensure the process of getting used to them is smooth, you need to do the following.
- Take is slowly
You should start wearing your new custom orthotics for short periods of time. Start wearing them at times when you will be engaging in light activities such as walking. Wearing them 60 to 90 minutes on the first day is recommended. Feel free to take them out if you are uncomfortable.
- Add time gradually
You can gradually increase the duration you wear orthotics. Try and increase an hour each day based on how you feel. If you feel good, you can add more time.
- Introduce them to the harder activities
When you feel comfortable walking in orthotics, you can go ahead and start wearing them when performing other activities like sports or running.
- Don’t let the feet be sore
If your feet are sore, stop wearing the orthotics. Remove them immediately and take a break. You can put them on later.
- Will blistering occur?
Foot irritation is common but if you notice bothersome feelings you should schedule an adjustment with your doctor.
- Should you expect new pain?
Custom orthotics offer an alignment you are not used to. It introduces positive change which you may be uncomfortable with on the first days.
- How long do adjustments take?
Most modifications only take a couple of minutes and can be done in an on-site lab. You can wait.
- How long do orthotics last?
How long they last depends on the materials they are made from. They can last several years. With the exception of children’s feet, the neutral foot position doesn’t change so you can use the custom orthotics for years. They, however, show wear and tear over time but that doesn’t necessarily mean a replacement is required. You should wear them as long as they feel comfortable.
How Long Does It Take to Break in Custom Orthotics?
It doesn’t take long to transition to wearing orthotics. The transition takes between 7 and 14 days. You should start feeling comfortable wearing them within a week. By the end of the first week, you should be noticing some of the benefits of wearing them.
What Should I Experience During Adjustment Period?
When you start using orthotics, it is recommended to use them in shoes that have not been stretched out or broken down. This is because footwear that fits properly is important for the orthotics to work correctly. You may feel some irritation that may develop in your arch typically behind the big toe. If you feel hotness in this area, remove the orthotics before a blister forms. If you are still having trouble adjusting after 4 weeks, speak to your orthotics.