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How To Properly Wear Orthotics In Shoes

How To Properly Wear Orthotics In Shoes:

  1. Always take out (cut out) the arches which come already in shoes. Wear orthotics only in a flat shoe.
  2. Dr. Scholl’s FLAT cushions (no arches) may be worn UNDERNEATH your orthotics to give you a cushiony bounce on each step.  This should be very comfortable.  Stack two or three to add more bounce;  however the more cushions you add,  the less balance/alignment may be the effect. Watch your feet closely;  take out the cushions if your ankles start to turn inward or outward too much.
  3. If your ankles are still turning inward/outward (and/or you also want to use cushions under your orthotics),  then purchase a pair of new shoes with a high ankle support (work boots with laces,  hiking boots or high ankled tennis shoes will do the job).
  4. It is IMPORTANT to always pay attention to how tight your shoes are while wearing orthotics. It is best to stretch-out your old shoes with newspaper at night if it feels too tight to use orthotics. If shoes are too tight,  you can actually create more problems than solve!  Always wear shoes which are loose enough for your toes to be able to move around in the shoe comfortably,  not crammed.
  5. If you have worn-out the soles on your shoes before you purchased orthotics,  then BUY NEW SHOES! DO NOT WEAR SHOES ALREADY WORN-OUT ON ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER.
  6. You can wear your orthotics for ANY activity and in ALL types of shoes,  as long as your feet AND your orthotics are fitting COMFORTABLY!  If you experience any discomfort,  do NOT wear the same shoe with the same discomfort for a long period of time or you will regret it!
  7. If you want to use sandals,  place Velcro underneath to keep them in place (Velcro is available at fabric stores).  For women,  you can also wear your orthotics inside your stockings.

At Brenet Medical we are proud to offer our clients and patience only be best of care. At home or in office service, early AM to late PM. All services are provided by licensed specialists who’s only goal is to help you feel better!

Call us today for a free consultation –1.800.398.0780 or email health@brenetmedical.com

how to properly wear custom orthotics & custom foot orthotics

Orthotics Wearing Schedule

Orthotics Wearing Schedule

Please read these instructions carefully so that you will have a safe and comfortable adjustment into your new orthotics*.
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Day 1:  15 min – 1 hour;  or until sore anywhere (within 1 hour)
Day 2: 15 min-2 hours or until sore anywhere (within 2 hours)
Day 3: 2-4 hours (or until sore within 4 hours)
Day 4: 2-4 hours (or until sore)
Day 5: 2-4 hours (or until sore)
Day 6: 2-4 hours (or until sore)
Day 7: 2-4 hours (or until sore)
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Week 2: 4-6 hours or until sore anywhere on your body
Week 3: 6-8 hours
Week 4: gradually increase the time until all day
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* Orthotics may be worn several times a day,  but only after long periods of rest and not more than the recommended hours each interval each day.

Wearing Instructions: Custom Made Orthotics

  1. Orthotics are NOT like ordinary shoes.  Instead,  they are more like putting braces on your teeth!  In this,  you will feel soreness/pain during the initial break-in period.  This is NORMAL. In fact,  if there is no soreness or pain after the first week,  the orthotics are not having to do much work and your feet are in fairly good shape already!  Follow the wearing plan regardless.
  2. Please be patient during the first few weeks.
    1. Do NOT forget the orthotics are under your feet.
    2. Do NOT continue wearing the orthotics all day long.
    3. Do NOT run,  or use orthotics during
      strenuous activity.
    4. When first starting to use them in sports or strenuous activities later on after the initial break-in period,  there may also be an adjustment period again.  Use with CAUTION.
  3. Take your orthotics off when your feet (or body) are getting too sore.  Wait till later in the day or the next day to put them on again.  There is no rush.  Follow the wearing plan if you can,  but change it if you must to accommodate your soreness or pain.  You will adjust eventually,  so don’t worry.
  4. A lump underneath the arch (kind of like a golf ball) or itching sensation under the arch may be felt for a while.  This is NORMAL.  This is your third arch which is NOT put in ordinary shoes.  This third arch sensation should disappear gradually between 21 – 28 days;  flat or high arched feet between 45 – 120 days.
  5. One foot may feel more comfortable than the other for a while.  This is also NORMAL. This is due to the condition of adjustment of one foot over the other during the initial stages.  A difference does NOT mean you have the wrong size orthotics under your feet.  All sizes are carefully custom-fit by technicians to match your feet.  Adjustments should NOT be necessary during the first 3 months of wearing orthotics.  A review for adjustment will be more acceptable once your complaint appears constant and annoying past 3 months.

2nd & 3rd Months:

  1. Aching on your feet,  or other parts of your body may still be felt even past three months. This is very NORMAL.  Remember,   your whole body is being affected toward a new,  healthier alignment,  so please be patient.  Muscles,  tendons and ligaments take a long time to adjust.
  2. When a repetitive ache continues past 3 months,  try this technique:  Take the orthotics OUT for about 3 to 5 days.  Any aching should reduce significantly or even disappear.  Later,  put the orthotics back in.  The ache should come back with less intensity this time.  Repeat this process many times over until your soreness goes away (this way you are allowing your feet/body time to adjust).

At Brenet Medical we are proud to offer our clients and patience only be best of care. At home or in office service, early AM to late PM. All services are provided by licensed specialists who’s only goal is to help you feel better!

Call us today for a free consultation – 1.800.398.0780,  647.847.6488 or email health@brenetmedical.com

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Foot Orthotics… Your Questions Answered

Foot orthotics have been used for decades in the treatment of various different foot problems. Since the mid 1980’s they have become increasingly important in the treatment of various sports related injuries where overuse of muscles, tendons and ligaments occur.

Conditions such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, knee pain, bunions, corns, calluses and a host of other foot problems, leg, knee and postural complaints have all been known to improve with the use of orthotic appliances.

So, why are custom orthotics used for so many different conditions?
To answer this question, you must first understand that functional foot orthotics are primarily used to alter the forces exerted on the foot in an effort to alleviate pain or overuse injuries. This is very different to a simple arch support. An arch support will simply support the arch. A functional orthotic uses specific modifications to apply specific forces to different parts of the foot in an effort to alleviate pain and/or improve postural control.

When damaging forces on the foot and leg begin to cause pain, many overuse problems may start to occur. These symptoms of overuse can include pain or discomfort in the feet or legs. Sometimes symptoms will occur in the hip and the lower back or spine.

Foot orthotics can help to control these damaging forces and prevent many of these symptoms.

How long must you wear orthotics?
If foot orthotics have been prescribed for you then generally they will be needed indefinitely. This is because foot orthotics are similar to eye glasses or false teeth… they only work while you are wearing them.

As you get older foot posture can improve with continual wear of your orthotics. Orthotics should be checked for accuracy and excessive ‘wear and tear’ every six to twelve months.

What type of orthotic should I wear?
There are various different types of materials used to produce different types of orthoses. Softer materials include EVA (Ethylvinylacetate) while firmer more durable materials can include polypropylene among many others.

The choice of material will depend on your foot type, your initial problem, your footwear and your level of activity.

How long do orthotics last?
Orthotics can last anywhere from six months to many years. Once more there are many factors that will affect wear and tear which is why regular reviews for accuracy are so important. Orthotics, just like shoes, do wear out and do need replacing from time to time.

At what age should you commence using foot orthotics?
Foot orthotics may be used in children as young as three years of age, however, this is rarely necessary. Most children have relatively “flat feet” as a normal variant and should develop a normal arch by the age of seven. Children should be assessed as early as possible to ensure normal development occurs.

Orthotics are often used as treatment intervention when a child’s foot posture is not within its normal range. This intervention frequently helps to eliminate common childhood foot and leg problems including growing pains, aching feet and legs and poor co-ordination.

What is the difference between foot orthotics, insoles and arch supports?
Terms such as foot supports, arch supports, insoles and foot beds are all loose terms used to describe various different types of supports used for the feet. True foot orthotics are prescription devices which are prescribed for your particular complaint, foot and body type.

At Brenet Medical we are proud to offer our clients and patience only be best of care. At home or in office service, early AM to late PM. All services are provided by licensed specialists who’s only goal is to help you feel better!

Call us today for a free consultation – 1.800.398.0780,  647.847.6488 or email health@brenetmedical.com

Orthotics Toronto, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Mississauga, Brampton
Custom Orthotics Toronto, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Mississauga, Brampton