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Wearing and Caring for Orthotics

If your foot doctor has prescribed orthotics, think of it as if you have been prescribed medication for a particular condition. In other words, use them!

Your doctor saw a problem in your feet, whether from an injury, disease or a physical abnormality that can be helped by these custom-made shoe inserts designed to support and comfort your feet. Your firm or semi-rigid orthotics will support your arches, redistribute your weight and/or correct alignment problems.

Follow these tips to become comfortable wearing your orthotics. And, importantly, learn how to take care of them – with proper maintenance, they can last for many years.

  • Begin gradually to get used to wearing your orthotics in your shoes, no more than 1-2 hours each day. The new position of your feet can affect your arches, knees, hips and even your back. Add a couple of hours each day.
  • Wear your orthotics until your feet are somewhat tired. Do not overdo it at first. It will take some time to get used to them. Increase your wearing time over the next few weeks until they become natural for you.
  • Call Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM if you notice any persistent red marks on your feet as the orthotics may require adjustment.

How To Care for your Custom Orthotics

  • Wash every few weeks under cool, soapy water and wipe with a cloth. Don’t completely immerse in water. Dry thoroughly.
  • Alcohol and baby wipes can also do a good job of cleaning.
  • Avoid putting them in hot water.
  • Never wash your orthotics in a machine.
  • Don’t place the orthotics near any heat source.
  • Don’t return the orthotics to your shoes until they are completely dry.
  • Don’t let skin creams or lotions come in contact with the orthotics.
  • Women should avoid wearing their orthotics in high heels.
  • If your orthotics squeak, sprinkle powder in your shoes and add a little paraffin to the front of the orthotics.
  • Check your orthotics regularly for signs of wear and tear. Contact us if you notice any need for repairs – don’t try to fix a problem with your orthotics yourself.

If you are an avid athlete, you may need special orthotics for running or other activities. Please discuss these needs with us.

Let Us Help with any Type of Foot or Ankle Pain

Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience to diagnose and treat all types of foot and ankle problems and sports injuries. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Don’t delay – get help for your pain today!