How will they feel?
At first, orthoses may feel unusual, even slightly uncomfortable. This is to be expected. After some time they will become more comfortable providing that you follow the ‘wearing in’ instructions. If the insoles are replacements without alterations, do please still read this advice sheet.
Do’s and don’ts
Do not be in a hurry to wear them all day – it takes time to adjust to having insoles placed in the shoe. If they are altering the way your feet work, it may take longer.
Start by wearing the devices for one hour the first day, increasing by ½ an hour a day until they can be tolerated all morning, ie; 1st day – 1 hour, 2nd day – 1½ hours, 3rd day – 2 hours, etc. Once you are able to wear the devices all morning, repeat this process for the afternoon.
If you find that you cannot wear them for the prescribed period for that day, do not continue to wear them on that day. For example; if you should be using the insoles for 3 hours and they make your feet ache after 2 hours, take them out of your shoes at 2 hours.
The next day, stick to the length of time you felt comfortable for and only increase the wearing time by 30 minutes, if they are comfortable.
Do not be surprised if you feel a little discomfort in the legs during the early stages of wearing the devices. Muscles will be adapting to new positions and functions. If you have definite pain in any of your foot or leg joints or in your back when using the insoles, stop using them and contact your podiatrist.
Insoles are often specific to one pair of shoes. You may be able to move them to similar style shoes – please discuss this with your podiatrist.
If possible remove the original insole from your show first and replace it with your new insole. This prevents the insoles taking up too much room in your shoe.
If you don’t follow these instructions, then you may find it takes a long time to get used to your devices and to get any benefit from them.
Care of your soles
Insoles for adults usually last for about one year but this will vary depending on the amount of use. Normally insoles are made of synthetic materials which can be cleaned by wiping with a damp soapy cloth If they get very wet, allow them to dry naturally. Do not place them on direct heat sources as this may distort the material they are made of.