You have been fit with a Foot Orthosis (FO) as part of your treatment. Unless otherwise instructed, please use a gradual break in schedule to allow your body to get used to the device. Start with two to three hours today. Increase an hour per day as tolerated. Following use, remove your orthosis and inspect your skin. There may be some skin redness from pressure areas. Redness should not persist for more than 15 minutes after removal. Redness that does not disappear can be a sign of excess pressure. If any sign of numbness, tingling, color change, excessive itching, swelling or pain develops discontinue use. Please contact our office for adjustments and do not reapply orthosis. Failure to do so could lead to blisters or open sores.
Your FO should always be worn with a sock [and shoe]. The sock must extend past the top of the orthosis. This will help prevent rubbing and absorb perspiration. Low heeled, lace up shoes, such as walking shoes or sneakers are ideal. The shoe should fit snugly with the orthosis, not allowing the foot to slip inside of it. Never walk on the orthosis without a shoe on. This could cause you to slip and fall or break the orthosis. If you have questions regarding the fit of your shoes, please contact us. Your orthosis can be cleaned with a wash cloth and mild soapy water. Saddle soap can be used on leather portions. Make certain all soap residue is removed and the orthosis is completely dry before re-applying.
Never attempt to modify your orthosis yourself.
Please inspect your orthosis daily for any signs of wear including cracking, or decreased effectiveness of the device and call our office as needed. Excessive wear to the soles of your shoes may adversely affect FO function. A yearly check up is recommended.