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Orthopedic insoles : how long to adapt ?

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The different types of orthopedic insoles

Thermoformed insoles

The assembled insoles

The steps to adapt your insoles

Delivery of your insoles

The "breaking-in" of your insoles

When do I need an adjustment ?

The choice of shoes

 

 

You have just taken possession of your pair of orthopedic insoles. Whether it's your first time or a renewal, you're wondering how long it will take you to get used to your insoles.

Unfortunately this is not an easy question to answer with a simple answer that will fit all patients. Even so, it usually takes about two weeks to get used to your new pair of insoles.

The choice of shoe is also essential to reduce this adaptation time. This is why at Podexpert, our entire collection of orthopedic shoes is adapted to orthopedic insoles.

 

The different types of orthopedic insoles

Thermoformed insoles

Their principle of action is simple, they are made directly on your foot or on the mold of your foot. Thus, they allow a stabilization without any hyper correction. Historically, the use of this thermoforming principle (the material is heated to give it the exact shape of your plantar sole) dates back to the mid-1990s. Thermoforming was a response to the many mechanical problems of athletes. Even today, all the athletes we follow are equipped with thermoformed soles.

This type of sole is adapted to all types of sports: from running to impact sports. Indeed, we can add cushioning elements to the heels to reduce the impact on the ground.

We have found that this method can also be successfully and effectively applied to different types of foot pathologies. Thermoformed orthopedic insoles are, for example, the most appropriate response to the diabetic foot, providing a certain load distribution. Thermoforming is also suitable for other pathologies, such as forefoot pain (metatarsalgia), heel pain (heel spur, plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinopathy).

 

The assembled insoles

The principle of action is to assemble corrective elements in order to relieve your supports or to limit the deformations of the feet, whether they are static or dynamic.  These insoles are a good answer for different types of podological problems: toe claws, Morton's neuroma, inequality of length of the lower limbs, forefoot pain, flat or hollow feet, deviation of the back foot (valgus or varus), etc.

 

A good pair of orthopedic insoles can only be made after a complete and precise podiatric examination, which is why it is important to choose your foot care professional, podiatrist or pedorthist, who has the necessary equipment to properly analyze your case.

 

The steps to adapt your insoles

Delivery of your insoles

When your insoles are delivered, the podiatrist must fit them into the shoes you wear most often. Your foot should fit correctly on the orthosis, but you may feel some discomfort. This is normal!

 

The "breaking-in" of your insoles

During the break-in period of your orthotics, the sensations will change from day to day as your feet get used to having pressure in different places and as they get used to being in a more mechanically efficient position.

To gradually adapt to new orthotics, we recommend that our patients wear them for one hour on the first day, two hours on the second day, and continue each day so that by the end of the two weeks, they can wear the orthotics comfortably all day. Because of the different correction needs of each patient, it is possible that a number of them will be able to wear their orthotics comfortably right away. The break-in period is really a time to listen to your body. If things are going well, feel free to leave them on all day in your shoes.

 

When do I need an adjustment ?

If you've never had an orthotic before, it can be hard to know at first if an adjustment is needed, especially during the first two weeks, because your body needs time to get used to it. And even after two weeks, your foot may still need time to adjust. The best way to tell if an adjustment is needed is by how long you feel discomfort.

For example, if you have pain for one day, but it stops for the next few days, the pain is probably not due to your insoles. However, if the pain remains, you probably need to make an adjustment and return to the professional who made them. Only the manufacturer of your insoles is able to adapt your insoles in your shoes.

 

It is quite normal to have adjustments to make on a first pair of orthopedic insoles.

 

The choice of shoes

Most of our models are made to accept orthopedic insoles without you having to worry about the fit.

 

> What shoes to wear with orthopedic insoles ? 

 

Indeed, all models with a removable sole can accommodate your orthopedic insoles. To do so, you just have to remove the removable insole present in the shoe and put your orthopedic insole on it.

To adapt the volume of the shoe, you just have to leave or remove the removable insole in the shoe.

 

If your orthopedic insole does not fit easily into our shoes, you can ask your regular podiatrist to adapt them.

 


Author : Pierre Durrmann - Pedorthist and diabetic foot specialist