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An Orthotic, is a corrective device worn inside your shoe. It can help the muscles, tendons and bones of your feet and lower legs function at their highest potential.
Custom-made Orthotics are manufactured from a 3-D image of your foot using raw materials. When appropriately prescribed to treat a medical condition, custom-made Orthotics can decrease pain, not only in your feet, but in other parts of the body, such as your knees, hips and lower back.
Orthotics are prescribed by medical practitioners who will carry out a full biomechanical examination of your feet and related lower extremity, including gait patterns, and measurements. These medically prescribed devices are to be worn daily in accordance to your attending practitioner's specific instructions.
True custom Orthotic devices cannot be produced by simply walking on a mat system or using ink impressions for size and shape. Be aware of what you are using and paying for.
General Wearing instructions:
All wearing instructions will be provided to you by your dispensing clinician. Ensure that you follow their specific orders when using your Orthotics.
Typical instructions are to wear your devices for an hour or so on the first day to adjust to the new alignment, and increase wear by an hour each day for the first week until you are able to wear them comfortably all day. If you experience any areas of concern or discomfort, discontinue use and contact your practitioner for review of your case.
It is suggested that Orthotics are to be worn daily for all activities and can be changed into various forms of footwear provided the fit is accommodating.