Orthotics 101

Successful Orthotic Break-In Tips
  1. If you received full length orthotics, you should remove any insole from inside your shoes before placing your orthotics into the shoe. Remember to put the insoles back when you take the orthotics out each day during the break in period.
  2. When you buy new shoes, always bring your orthotics with you to be sure the shoes fit with your orthotics. Always remember to buy shoes late in the day because everyone’s feet swell to some degree by the end of the day.
  3. If during your break in period, you forget to take your orthotics out and mistakenly wear them too long and you become uncomfortable (your arches, legs, or knees may feel like you “over did it”), you may decide not to wear them the next day.This is a big mistake! If you don’t wear them the next day, at least half as many hours as you wore them the day you forgot to take them out, you will aggravate your muscles as they are being put into extremes of position. This is a very rare thing to happen, but if it does, you now know what to do.
  4. Until you become used to the feeling of wearing your orthotics, do not exercise in them. In most cases this usually takes a minimum of four to five days.For runners, we recommend waiting a minimum time frame of 6 to 8 weeks to give your muscles a chance to adapt to this new position. Please follow the break in protocol. If you do not, you may experience some unnecessary discomfort such as excessive muscular and joint soreness. This usually does not cause significant problems, but it may prolong the time it takes you to get comfortable and become completely satisfied with your custom orthotics.

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Care For Your New Orthotics
  • Avoid hot areas such as car dashboards, home heaters and dryers.
  • Keep away from pets that could chew on the plastic.
  • Wear socks or stockings when wearing your orthotics to wick away moisture.
  • Clean custom orthotics with mild soap or detergent and a soft cloth or sponge. Let them air dry thoroughly, usually overnight, before placing them back into your shoes.
  • If any squeaking sound occurs when walking, sprinkle foot or baby powder into the shoe. A small amount of wax or soap can also be applied to the undersides of the orthotic to prevent squeaking.
  • Squeaking is a sign that you are twisting in the shoe and this usually goes away after a few days. If your orthotics begin to squeak after several weeks, this is usually a sign of change in your bodies balance and you should return for an adjustment or a re-evaluation. You are most likely now walking differently than the wear pattern on your shoes is used to, as these wear patterns were established before you began wearing your orthotics. Changing to new shoes usually resolves this.
Shoes And Orthotics
  • Take your orthotics with you when you shop for shoes.
  • Find shoes that fit and hold the entire foot snuggly without squeezing excessively in any area. Severe pronators or people with severe flat feet should purchase shoes with a firm heel counter (the part that wraps around your heel) or sneakers designed for added stability.
  • Avoid shoes with any tilt or “arch support” built directly into the shoe bed.
  • Avoid a shoe that fits either too loose or too tight.
  • Your orthotic should fit in easily without binding or being wedged against the side of the shoe.
  • Call the office for more information if you have any questions at all about this.
Orthotic Guarantee

Lexington Podiatry guarantees that if you are not satisfied with the comfort of your custom orthotics, we will modify them at our own cost, within the 90 day trial period.

If you’re thinking about conservative treatment options, this is the stress free way to go!

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment


Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.