Custom orthotics are an investment into your health, to get the most out of your investment proper care for your foot orthotics is essential to ensure their longevity and effectiveness. Here are some general guidelines on how to care for your orthotics:
- Regular Cleaning: Wipe your orthotics with a damp cloth regularly to remove dirt, sweat, or any residue. Avoid using harsh chemicals or soaking them in water, as this can damage the materials.
- Dry Thoroughly: Allow your orthotics to air dry completely before placing them back in your shoes. Moisture can lead to bacterial growth and affect the durability of the materials.
- Rotate Usage: If you have multiple pairs of shoes, consider rotating the use of your orthotics between them. This helps to distribute wear and tear evenly and extends the lifespan of the orthotics.
- Inspect for Wear and Tear: Regularly check your orthotics for signs of wear, such as cracks, fraying, or changes in shape. If you notice any issues, consult with your Podiatrist for advice on repairs or replacements.
- Follow recommendations: Adhere to any specific care instructions provided by your Podiatrist. Different materials may require specific care, and following guidelines ensures optimal performance.
- Trimming Nails: Keep your toenails well-trimmed to prevent unnecessary pressure on the orthotics. Long toenails can affect the fit and comfort of the orthotics inside your shoes, especially if you have clawed toes!
- Wear appropriate Footwear: Wear shoes that provide adequate space and support for your orthotics. Avoid shoes with excessive wear or those that are overly tight, as they can compromise the effectiveness of the orthotics.
- Store Properly: When not in use, store your orthotics in a cool, dry place. Avoid leaving them in direct sunlight or in excessively hot environments, as heat can affect the materials.
- Regular Follow-ups: Attend annual or recommended follow-up appointments with your Podiatrist to assess the condition of your orthotics and make any necessary adjustments.
By incorporating these practices into your routine, you can help ensure that your foot orthotics remain in good condition and continue to provide the support and comfort you need!
So are your orthotics showing signs of wear or falling apart?
Have they lost their cushioned feel?
Are they getting smelly?
Has the pain returned or a new complaint developed?
Did you know at Rural Health we can modify and repair foot orthotics on site! If your orthotics are needing some tender love and care, book a consultation with a Podiatrist at Rural Health online or phone (02) 5926 3806.