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Foot Orthoses - Safety Information

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Foot Orthoses are medical devices designed to go inside your footwear, some are prefabricated and follow generic shapes or designs, others are customised to you, either through modification of a prefabricated device, or through a process of scanning or casting the feet to make a more bespoke device.

This page has safety information about foot orthoses. Click here to read more about how foot orthoses and insoles work. 

Foot Orthoses are impact forces going through your body and the stress on various tissues. This hopefully will help with your pains or problems; however they need to be treated with caution when first wearing them.

Unless advised otherwise by a Podiatrist, it is a good idea to break foot orthoses in slowly when you start using them. This is the same for new footwear and other devices like splints, insoles, supports or braces as a general rule.

This may not always be practical or advisable, so you need to seek individual advice from the person prescribing the device.

A general rule with foot orthoses is to wear them for one hour on the first day of use, and then build up by one or several more hours per day to allow your body time to adapt and get used to them.

If you experience pains or problems whilst breaking them in, you should stop using them and contact the person who prescribed or provided them for personal advice, unless they have already told you otherwise. If you purchased them yourself, then you may want to contact the store you got them from, or a podiatrist for advice and an assessment.

It is also important that any devices fit properly in your footwear and that you feel safe, stable and supported and your feet are not being squashed or lifted out of your shoes. Have a look at this page which has more information about footwear. 

You should not swap or share foot orthoses with another person.

You should be able to swap most orthoses from shoe to shoe, as long as they fit safely, but again, following any advice from the person prescribing them is important.

You should monitor them well for signs of wear and damage and get them repaired or replaced as appropriate.

You should also be careful to check you are wearing them under the correct foot, (right and left side). If they are not marked, you could ask the person prescribing them to write left or right on the appropriate orthotic.

Foot Orthoses and Insoles