Getting Started with a new Orthotic
Getting Started with an Orthotic
If you are experiencing foot or lower limb discomfort, your physician may give you a referral to a Canadian Certified Pedorthist to conduct a detailed foot and lower limb assessment.
If the Canadian Certified Pedorthist determines a foot orthotic will help to ease your pain or condition, here are a few tips to help you get started with your new orthotic:
- The foot orthotic is only as good as the shoe it goes into. The shoe provides the foundation for the orthotic and without proper foundation the orthotic will not be able to function properly. Bring your shoes with you when you see your Canadian Certified Pedorthist to ensure they are suitable for orthotics. For more information on Shoe Selection click here
- Initially, a new foot orthotic may feel intrusive. It may take a few weeks to get accustomed to it. Canadian Certified Pedorthists often recommend you wear your new orthotic for less than an hour on the first day. Every subsequent day, you should gradually increase the amount of wear time.
- As you become accustomed to your new foot orthotic, it is important to note that a foot orthotic should never be painful to wear. If it becomes painful to wear or you feel that you cannot get used to it, then stop wearing it and contact your Canadian Certified Pedorthist who can make adjustments to make it more comfortable.