How Do I Maintain My Custom Orthotics? 6 Do’s And Don’ts You Need To Know

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When getting custom orthotics, it is very important to make sure that they are not causing pain. There are two ways to maintain the comfort level. The first is to have your orthotics checked out periodically. If you are in San Ramon or Livermore, a conveniently located pedorthist is just around the corner! If you are having pain, this is a surefire way to ensure that the pain is alleviated. The second way to maintain your orthotics is to perform simple care on them. This may seem easy, but it is crucial to ensure that you do not ruin the effectiveness of your orthotics.  Here’s our take on how you can maintain your orthotics in peak condition.

Do – Remove the Orthotics From Shoes

Especially if your feet sweat a lot, make sure to regularly remove them from your shoes. This maintains their stability, allows them to air dry properly and removes most odors that come from your shoe. Doing this will allow them to continue to form to your feet, and neglecting to do so will cause them to lose their form and will cause you pain. In the event that you do forget to remove them, make sure to see a pedorthist if they cause any issues.

Don’t – Wash Them

Never put your orthotics in the washer, dryer, or dishwasher. This will cause them to lose their shape and flatten out. If your orthotics do get wet, let them dry completely before inserting them into your shoe. If you are still having problems, definitely go see a certified pedorthist and they can help form them to your feet again.

Do – Remove Excess Pieces

If your custom orthotics do not have special fabric pieces, you can disregard this step, but most do to provide extra support. However, it is important to remove any excess pieces such as straps, because these can impact the effectiveness of the orthotic. This also prevents odors.

Do – Use Talcum Powder to Remove Odors

A time-tested method for removing orthotic odors is to use talcum powder. Apply a generous coating of the powder to the orthotic and allow it to sit overnight. You can also apply the powder to the insoles of the shoes. However, use this sparingly, because overuse may ruin your orthotics.

Do – Rotate Shoe Use

If you can help it, try not to wear the same shoe or insoles two or more days in a row. Doing this is advised against because it creates extra sweat and wear and tear on the orthotic. Remove the insoles from the shoes and allow them to sit for at least 24 hours to remove excess sweat. In the meantime, wear a second pair of shoes and insoles, and the odor should have subsided by the time you are able to wear them again.

Don’t – Do It Alone

There is no reason to suffer because your orthotics are not functioning properly. Make sure to seek medical attention if your orthotics are ever causing you any pain. If you are in San Ramon or Livermore, a conveniently located pedorthist is just around the corner! Do not feel like your pain will subside with time; make sure to see a professional who will be happy to help you.

Need Personalized Help for Orthotics?

The Shoe Doctor has specialized in providing custom orthotics for 20 years. The right insole can greatly reduce foot, knee and hip pains. Russell at The Shoe Doctor will help educate and assist you in finding the perfect solution for your particular situation. We will create a 3D map of your feet and make a custom orthotics for your shoes. These orthotics along with our expert advice will get you back to being able to walk peacefully. Our sole (ha ha!) purpose is to reduce your pain and make you comfortable again. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, give The Shoe Doctor a call to get the best custom orthotics in the area! We are here to assist you, give us a call at  (925) 820-0220 (here is a map to our location) for your free consultation!


“Our sole (ha ha!) purpose is to reduce your pain and make you comfortable again. Call The Shoe Doctor for an appointment today!”






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