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Foot Orthoses

About Your Orthotics

1. You may feel side effects from you new orthoses. Wearing your foot orthoses too often
at the beginning is the most common complaint patients have. Your break-in time will
normally last one to three weeks.
2. You may have aching in the feet or legs. This is due to tired muscles and the change in
your foot position. This is normal and expected.
3. You may need different footwear for your orthoses. Shoes that tie or Velcro shoes are
best. Clogs, “flip flops”, or many dress sandals are not appropriate because the orthoses
will fall out of the shoe. Shoes with removable insoles are helpful, as the insoles can be
taken out and then replaced.
4. It is a good idea to take the orthoses out of your shoes at night. This helps them breathe.
It will help any sweat or moisture to dry from the insoles and inside of your shoes.

Wearing and Use of Orthotics

1. Follow the wearing schedule given to you by your provider. The wearing time includes
both time when you are walking and sitting. Limit your wearing time if you have pain in
your feet or legs, or any skin redness.
2. Do not worry if it takes more time to adjust than you expect. Increase your wearing
slowly even if you do not experience any problems.
3. If you have any sharp pains, skin breakdown, blisters or rashes, stop using them
immediately and call for an appointment. We will make the necessary adjustments.

Please call if you have any problems with or have questions about your orthoses. Report any
changes in your health or physical condition which may affect the fit or function of your
orthoses. This would include changes in weight, swelling, muscle strength, or recent surgeries.

An appointment is required to make changes or adjustments to your orthoses.

UW Health at The American Center Orthotics
4602 Eastpark Blvd.
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 440-6677 or (844) 607-4800

UW Health Orthotics Clinic
6220 University Ave.
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 263-0583 or (877) 894-9940

Middleton Rehab Orthotics
6220 University Ave.
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 263-8412 or (800) 323-8942

The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #7943.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 7/2015 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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