Custom Orthotic Break-In Instructions
Following these instructions is critical. Failure to do so can delay proper transition into the orthotics as well as cause avoidable pain or discomfort in the feet or elsewhere. It is important that your orthotics are worn in appropriately supportive, properly fitting footwear that is in good working order, as recommended by Superior Foot Supports.
Start by wearing the orthotics no more than one hour the first day, and add no more than one additional hour of wear time each day until you are wearing them full time.
Some mild discomfort in the feet, ankles, legs, knees, hips, or low back during the first week or two of wear is normal as your feet and body are adjusting to the improved alignment (much like adjusting to braces to straighten the teeth), however, if your orthotics are causing more than mild discomfort before the allotted time is up, remove them from your shoes and try them again the next day. If this is the case, you may need to break them in more gradually, such as adding only a half-hour of additional wear time per day.
If you find the orthotics are not getting more comfortable day by day, or if discomfort is increasing, discontinue wearing the orthotics and call us to schedule an appointment to trouble-shoot the issue. Please be aware that it can take up to six weeks to become fully adjusted to the orthotics.
You should not start wearing the orthotics for running or exercise until you can comfortably wear the orthotics all day. Additionally, they should be first worn on a short run or light workout to confirm they are comfortable for that particular activity, and should be removed from the shoes if causing new discomfort.