Your footbeds are fabricated using the highest quality material. The body or shell of the footbeds generally lasts 18 months depending on bodyweight and activity. If footbeds need to be cleaned, this is best done by gently wiping the top surface with mild soap and water.
Avoid immersing your footbeds. If they get wet, remove them from your shoes and let them air dry. If your orthotics need repair or the top cover replaced, please contact our office.
Due to the wide variety of footwear used and activities performed, and for convenience, you may want to have more than one pair of footbeds. Your scans will be saved for 12 months. After this you will require an updated examination.
Your new footbeds have been custom fabricated to your unique foot with a digital scan and are designed to provide maximum comfort and appropriate biomechanical control to address your specific needs.
Initially your body will need time to adjust to this new “foot posture”.
It is very important that you follow the recommended break-in program to prevent any unnecessary discomfort or injury.
Overuse of the footbeds during the break-in period may result in foot/arch discomfort or blisters, as well as ankle, knee, hip or back pain. If these symptoms occur, reduce or suspend use as described in the break-in instructions.
Be sure your shoes are in good condition and not broken down. Shoes that are excessively worn will significantly diminish the effectiveness of the device. It is recommended that new footbeds be installed in new shoes.
Full Length Designs: Remove any existing sock liners or shoe inserts from your shoes. Some shoes have sock liners that are glued in. These may need to be removed to provide enough space for your new footbeds. If they are too large to fit into your shoes this may cause wrinkling of the top cover. If this occurs, take the sock liners from your shoes and, after lining up the heels, carefully trace the toe box shape and trim your footbeds with scissors. Be careful not to cut too much off. The footbeds should lie flat on the bottom of the shoe with minimal “rocking”.
Place the footbeds in the shoes with the footbed as far back into the heel cup as possible. When putting on the shoe, be sure the orthotic remains completely at the back of the heel counter. Once in the shoes, the footbeds should feel fairly natural to your feet. They should provide contact over the entire bottom of your feet. It is normal to feel the footbeds slightly more or differently in one foot than in the other for the first few weeks. Footbeds also have unique properties where you will feel different pressure points and may require additional break-in time in these areas, even if you have previously worn footbeds.
Your new footbeds will take some time to get used to. It is recommended that you wear them in only one pair of shoes during the break-in period.
It is best to BREAK-IN FOOTBEDS with a new pair of shoes that have NOT been broken down or stretched out. Properly fitting footwear is essential for the footbeds to work correctly.
Start by wearing them for no more than two hours the first day, and increase wear time by one hour each day after that. It may take from three to four weeks before you can wear them comfortably all day.
Avoid running or other intense activities with the footbeds until your feet have had an opportunity to adjust to the new foot posture and you can wear them 8 hours a day.
For runners, it is possible that some irritation may also develop in the arch, usually just behind the big toe. If you feel a “hotness” developing in this area take the orthotics out before a blister is formed. Lubricating this area may be helpful until the skin becomes toughened up. If you experience discomfort in your feet, ankles, knees or back while wearing your new orthotics, take them out of your shoes and reduce the wear time by one hour each day until the discomfort disappears. Resume the normal break-in procedure, increasing wear time by an hour per day.
If after 3-4 weeks, you are still having difficulty adjusting to the footbeds, contact our office for instructions. Your footbeds may need to be adjusted. Do not attempt to adjust the footbeds yourself.