When you get a new pair of orthotics there is always a desire to put them on straight away and give them a proper go around. But what happens when those new orthotics don’t feel right? Whilst it is normal for new orthotics to feel strange, sometimes pain and blisters can occur when wearing them. So what do you do? Here are some tips for getting them feeling just right.
1 – Wear them in gradually
Whilst it is tempting to wear your orthotics for an 8 hour day or take them for a run straight away, this is often too much for our feet. Our feet are used to walking a certain way, developed over years from biology and repetition. Orthotics are designed to change the way we walk, so it can take time to get used to these different amounts of pressure they create. Slowly getting used to your orthotics around home is a great start, building up time as your feet gradually get used to the support.
2 – Stretch, stretch, stretch
Orthotics are designed to change the shape of our feet on the ground. When the muscles of our feet and lower leg are tight our feet can struggle to adapt to the orthotics under our feet, leading to pain and problems with wearing them in. Stretching, especially of the calves and muscles of our arch, can be helpful when our feet are adapting the changes of orthotics.
3 – See your Podiatrist
If, after wearing in slowly and stretching, you are still having problems with your orthotics it is time to see your podiatrist. They are able to make adjustments to the level of support to reduce the pressure and the stress on the foot.
If you are having problems wearing into a new pair of orthotics book an appointment with our podiatrists on (07) 3823 5423.