Custom Foot Orthotics
Congratulations! The prescription biomechanical foot orthotics you have just received were designed and manufactured with the utmost care, according to your exact needs. With the help of these orthotics your feet can begin to operate in a more natural and efficient manner. However, it takes time to correct abnormal biomechanics, so be patient and wear your orthotics consistently. For your feet to preform as they were meant to, it is well worth the effort.
What is the problem?
You might say your feet have “poor posture” or they “do not sit right”. Foot pain is usually the end result of faulty relationships between muscles and bones in your feet, your feet and other parts of your body become overworked and damaged, trying to compensate for mistakes in the anatomical alignment of your foots skeletal structure. Pronation, flat feet, persistent ankle sprains, bunions, corns, callouses, back and neck pain are all common symptoms. Orthotics are designed to gently and consistently force your feet to function properly – avoiding the stress and strain that causes pain.
Orthotics: The Precise Solution
Appearances can be deceiving. Orthotics may look simple, but actually they are the most advanced and effective external foot prescription your doctor can give you. Your biomechanical orthotics are precision instruments. They were made according to the exact specifications and contours of your feet – the result of careful examination by your doctor. These devices do not merely serve as arch supports, but rather control the way you your feet function. The casts or impressions that your doctor took were sent to our laboratory for evaluation. From these impressions, we create exact duplicate of your feet, so the laboratory technicians can then design orthotics that satisfy the requirements of your doctors prescription.
Orthotics act on your bone structure, forcing your feet and legs into their proper alignments. This is accomplished each time the weight of your foot interacts with the contours of your orthotic. Retention of the exact shape of your orthotics is very important and although they are made from the finest materials for maintaining high strength and durability, you must, never less, treat them with care.
1. Keep in mind that orthotics are designed to change the way you walk. Try to wear them
for about an hour, the first day. Double the time each day until at the end of 2 weeks, you are wearing them all day. However, if these devices become intensely uncomfortable before the prescribed time for that day, stop wearing them. The next day begin with 1 hour of wearing time. Remember that some people adjust more quickly than others.
2. Some patients report mild aches at the beginning of wear. These discomforts can occur in the legs, hips and lower back. Usually this is merely an indication that your orthotics are working. Your skeletal posture has been conditioned to accommodate feet that do not function properly, and now it may need time to adjust. These aches are usually transitory and disappear with time.
3. Depending on the length of the orthotic and the style of your shoes, you may have to increase your shoe size.
4. If your heel slips out while the orthotic, try a show with a lower heel and a deeper heel seat. If the orthotic slips forward, use a piece of foam orsponge rubber under the device to hold the orthotic in place.
5. If your orthotics squeak, try sprinkling a small amount of powder in your shoes. This usually eliminates the problem.
6. This information only discusses general guidelines. Your specific situation may be different. Remember to see your doctor for an evaluation anywhere from 2 weeks to 4 months.