Most people are ecstatic when they receive their first set of orthotics, anxious to address severe, long-term foot ailments. While wearing supportive inserts can eventually assist, getting used to orthotics might be a challenge.


The break-in time for orthotics might be uncomfortable for some people as they adjust to wearing shoes with extra support or gait control. Regardless of whatever orthotics you choose, the adjustment period will be brief and will result in improved pronation and gait control, as well as reduced pain and discomfort throughout your lower body.


Today, we’ll walk you through the orthotics break-in process and go over the measures that any new orthotics wearer should take.


When it comes to orthotics, how long does it take to become used to them?

The answer to the usual question, “How long does it take to get adjusted to orthotics?” is roughly two weeks, according to most pedorthists and podiatrists. You should keep track of any pain you have during this time. Bring it up with your doctor or the orthotic device manufacturer if it lasts more than two weeks.


When you buy a pair of custom orthotics, you’re getting a precisely cast device that’s created to your exact specifications. Buying a custom orthotic insert will help lessen your foot pain throughout the first break-in phase as we construct it to your measurements.


If you choose an over-the-counter orthotic built in a regular size, you may experience pain and find that it is ineffective in the long run.


What to Expect During the Break-In Period for Orthotics

When you get a new orthotic device, the first thing you should do is make sure it fits snugly in your selected shoe and that it helps to alleviate any discomfort or suffering.


We ensure a good fit every time at IDEASTEP Orthotics by supplying orthotics packed with our favorite brands of shoes, allowing our customers to save money and time. We’ll attach your new orthotic device in your new shoes before it leaves our facility, so it’s ready to wear as soon as you open the box.


When you initially receive your orthotics, you may notice that they are stiff and rigid. As you “break-in” your orthotic, the soft tissue on your foot acclimates to the firmer sole, supporting arch height, and other aspects of the orthotic device, this sensation will fade.


The more you wear your orthotics, the less pain you should have. Consult your doctor right away if you have discomfort that lasts longer than two weeks or gets worse over time.


A Guide to Breaking in New Orthotics

The best strategy to reduce foot pain when wearing orthotics is to gradually increase your use of them, allowing your feet to acclimatize and reduce pain and discomfort.


Begin by putting them on for one hour each day. Continue to add an hour each day until you’ve reached 7 hours per day by the end of the first week. You should be able to wear your orthotics all day by the end of the two-week adjustment period.


The most crucial thing is to pay attention to your body. If you’re happy with your orthotics after Day 4 or 5, go ahead and wear them more. Never force your body to do anything it doesn’t want to do.


IDEASTEP Orthotics provides comfortable orthotics.

Our technicians at IDEASTEP Orthotics use either a digital or foam cast to create all of our custom orthotics. Customers send us their accurate measurements, as well as any information about their feet, using our foam imprint kit or our simple digital method. Because we use these thorough casts to manufacture our orthotics, it’s simple to make a comfortable orthotic that provides support where you need it most.



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