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Orthotic Wearing Instructions

Blog by Vancouver Orthotics, Hycroft Medical Building (114-3195 Granville St @ 16th Ave) | July 31st, 2019

Before placing your orthotics in shoes, it is important to take out all removable arch supports, rubber or felt additions or othe inserts from the insite of the shoes.

We recommend wearing your new orthotics for one hour on the first day and doubling the wearing time each day thereafter.

If you experience minor aches that move between your legs, knees, hips or lower back, this is an indication that your custom orthotics are having a beneficial effect on the muscles involved with standing and walking. In the same way that your muscles may ache after a hard exercise session, the custom orthotics are stimulating your body to move in a new way, thereby training your body to move with a more natural balance.

If you experience any pain or discomfort realted to your orthotics, remove them from your footwear immediately and contact your healthcare practitioner. An adjustment by the practitioner or laboratory may be required.

If your orthotics have a full-length topcver and they are bunching up at the end of your shoe, simply trim the material using regular kitchen scirssors. If your shoe has a removable insole, use this as a guide for trimming the orthotic top cover.

Occasionally a new orthotic will squeak with every step. Simply place some talcum powder between the footbed of the shoe and the orthotic.

If you find that your orthotic is slipping forward, we first recommend removing the manufacturer's insole from your shoe. If that is not possible, wear the orthotics for a few days until they settle into the shoe. If the slippage continues, we suggest contacting your healthcare practitioner and ask to have a full-length topcover applied to the orthotic.

Contact Vancovuer Orthotics, Dr. Michael Horowitz