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5-Steps to Breaking in Your New Orthotics

Blog by Vancouver Orthotics, Hycroft Medical Building (114-3195 Granville St @ 16th Ave) | January 5th, 2021

Now that you have received your
here’s what you need to know:
STEP 1 – Remove the manufactures insole from your shoe and replace it with your new custom orthotic. If your shoe does not have a removable insole, place the custom orthotic in your shoe as close to the heel as possible. Your new orthotics should fit snugly and feel comfortable. If you find they are bunching at the toe, don't worry, they can be easily trimmed.
STEP 2 - A full-length custom orthotic insole extends from your heel to your toe. If you find your insoles are to long, follow these 5 easy steps to get the perfect fit!
  1. Remove the existing orthotic from your shoe.
  2. Place the old insole on top of the new insole, lining up both the heel and inside edge.
  3. Trace the outline of the old insole onto the new insole with a pen or marker.
  4. Trim along the outside of your traced line.
  5. Reinsert the insole and see how it feels.
If there’s still extra material – repeat steps 1-5!
Now it’s time to enjoy your new insoles.
STEP 3 – Now it’s time to take your new insoles for a short walk. Do you feel the bounce? Do they feel amazing under your feet?
STEP 4 – We recommend wearing your orthotics for 1-2 hours the first day and adding an additional hour each day for the next 5-7 days. This will not only help you ease into wearing your new custom insoles, it will provide your feet time to become accustomed to wearing them.
STEP 4 – During your orthotic fitting, Dr. Horowitz would have provided you with an official Vancouver Orthotics Receipt (including the Biomechanical Exam and Gait Analysis), your Proof of Manufacturing (indicating the Laboratory information, raw materials and casting technique). Please submit this information to your extended healthcare provider along with your claim and prescription if required for reimbursement.

Concerns You May Have:

If you are experiencing any minor aches, this is an indication that your custom orthotics are having a beneficial effect. In the same way that your muscles ache after a strenuous workout. Your new custom orthotics are stimulating your body and feet to become more mechanically efficient while offering more balance.

Occasionally, a new pair of custom orthotics may squeak. If this is the case, simply place some talcum powder between the footbed of the shoe and the orthotic. This should do the trick!

If you find that your orthotic is slipping forward or moving around, try wearing the orthotics for a few days until they settle into the shoe. You can also use double sided tape to maintain position.