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What to do with your Orthotics

Care:

Your foot orthotics were fabricated using the highest quality material. The plastic shell of the orthotics generally lasts 5 or more years depending on the patient’s weight and activity. If your orthotics need to be cleaned, it is best done by gently wiping the top surface with mild soap and water. Avoid immersing your orthotics. If they get wet, remove them from your shoes and let them air dry. If your orthotics need repair or the top cover replaced, please contact our office.
Due to the wide variety of footwear used and activities performed, and for convenience, you may want to have more than one pair of orthotics. Your scans will be saved for 5 years. If you are interested in a second pair please inquire with your insurance provider.

General Information:

Your new orthotics have been custom fabricated to your unique foot with a digital laser scan and are designed to provide maximum comfort and appropriate biomechanical control to address your specific needs. Initially your body will need time to adjust therefore it is very important that you follow the recommended break-in program to prevent any unnecessary discomfort or injury. Be sure your shoes are in good condition and not broken down. Shoes that are excessively worn will significantly diminish the effectiveness of the device.

Installation:

Your foot care practitioner or someone they have delegated will assist you in fitting your custom made device in to your shoes. If you decide to not have them fit in to your shoes and would like to complete this yourself in the comfort of your own home here is some helpful advice:
Full Length Designs: Remove any existing sock liners or shoe inserts from your shoes. Some shoes have sock liners that are glued in. These may need to be removed to provide enough space for your new orthotics. If they are too large to fit into your shoes this may cause wrinkling of the top cover. If this occurs, take the sock liners from your shoes and, after lining up the heels, carefully trace the toe box shape and trim your orthotics with scissors. Be careful not to cut too much off. ¾ Length Designs: There is no need to cut this device as it is made at a specific length. The orthotics should lie flat on the bottom of the shoe with minimal “rocking”. Place the orthotics in the shoes with the orthotics as far back into the heel cup as possible. When putting on the shoe, be sure the orthotic remains completely at the back of the heel counter. Once in the shoes, the orthotics should feel fairly natural to your feet. They should provide contact over the entire bottom of your feet.

Break-in period:

Your new orthotics will take some time to get used to. It is recommended that you wear them in only one pair of shoes during the break-in period. Properly fitting footwear is essential for the orthotic to work correctly. Start by wearing them for one hour the first day, and increase wear time by one hour each day after that. It may take from three to four weeks before you can wear them comfortably all day. Avoid running or other intense activities with the orthotics until your feet have had an opportunity to adjust to the new foot posture and you can wear them 8 hours a day. If you experience discomfort in your feet, ankles, knees or back while wearing your new orthotics, take them out of your shoes and reduce the wear time by one hour each day until the discomfort disappears. After, resume the normal break-in procedure. If after 3-4 weeks, you are still having difficulty adjusting to the orthotics, contact our office for instructions. Your orthotics may need to be adjusted. Do not attempt to adjust the orthotics yourself. Be patient, the results will be long lasting.

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Wilson Health Services was founded in June of 2001 by Dr. Jason Wilson.  The office has grown over the years and is now a bustling multidisciplinary office.  Our team includes two Chiropractors, five Registered Massage Therapists, two Physiotherapists, an Acupuncturist, a Naturopath, a Chiropodist and a Low Intensity Laser Therapist.

 

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