How To Care for Your Orthotics

Orthotics are an innovative way to correct problems of the muscles, joints and tendons in the lower body. Properly caring for the orthotics will ensure that they last and continue to provide corrective support for the issues you are having with your feet, ankles or knees. Keep reading to learn more about the use and care for your orthotic. 

Foot Orthotics

When you first start out with orthotics treatment, it is imperative that you follow your doctor’s order precisely. When not used correctly, orthotics can cause more pain or even damage to the feet.

You should start wearing the FOs (foot orthotics) until your feet begin to have a general feeling of tiredness. Do not push beyond this point. Wearing the FOs too long can cause damage, or they may need to be adjusted.

You should gradually increase the amount of time you wear the FOs for two weeks. You should be on the lookout for any red marks on your feet during this time. If you do see red marks on your feet that persist for more than half an hour, you should remove the orthotic and call your orthotist.

You can clean FOs with running water and a soapy cloth.  

Ankle Foot Orthotics

Ankle foot orthotics (AO) should only be worn for one hour at a time at first. Always check for red marks after you remove the AO. If red marks persist, call your orthotist.

On the following day, you can increase your time to two hours, and on the third day to three hours. You should work your way up to wearing the AO for as long as it is comfortable. Unless your AO has a full rubber sole on the bottom, always be sure to wear them with shoes. You should not drive while wearing your AO.

You can clean the AO with a damp cloth.

Knee Orthotics/Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics

Similar to ankle orthotics, knee orthotics or knee ankle foot orthotics can be worn for one hour the first day, with the time increasing by one hour each day. Continue this until you reach a maximum you are comfortable with. Your orthotic should not cause any persistent red marks on your foot, ankle or knee.

You can clean the orthotic with a damp, soapy cloth. Do not use any kind of heat on the orthotic.

The knee joints will need to be greased every one to two months to keep them mobile and quiet.