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Your orthoses have been individually made for you in our laboratory according to the prescription supplied by your practitioner. We hope that they will give trouble free service but if problems do occur please report to your practitioner. Do’s and don’ts with your new orthoses 1. Always undo your shoes before putting them on to avoid separation of the top cover at the heel. A shoehorn should be used for slip on shoes. If a problem should occur please contact the practice. 2. They may be sponged with warm soapy water occasionally to clean the top surface (except leathers). Do not place them in a washing machine. 3. If they become very wet in wear remove them from footwear and place in a warm airy atmosphere to dry but not directly over a radiator or in front of a fire. 4. Do not expose them to excessive heat or they may distort. 5. Keep away from pet dogs, (they like to chew them). 6. If using public changing facilities do not leave expensive trainers with your orthoses in unattended. This is a common form of loss of orthoses. Wearing in new orthoses Your practitioner may give you additional instructions regarding wearing in your orthoses to those below for your comfort and safety – it is important to follow instructions carefully. 1. Your orthoses are labelled with your name and left and right. They should be placed inside your shoes with the labelled side facing next to the shoe’s insole. 2. Wear the orthoses in gradually. Start with one or two hours wearing time on the first day and increase this by one hour each day until you are wearing them all day. 3. It is not unusual for minor muscle discomfort to be experienced in the limb at first. This will wear off after about a week but you may decide to ‘wear in’ the orthoses more slowly. 4. If pain is experienced in any of the joints of the foot, the ankle, knee, hip or back then stop wearing the orthoses and ask your practitioner for advice. 5. The orthoses may have been made for a particular style of shoe. They should be interchangeable between shoes of similar style. They may not fit in court shoes or those with a high heel. Sandals should have a heel counter to prevent the orthoses slipping. 6. Most patients find the orthoses beneficial once they have become used to them and are not usually aware that they are inside the shoe. 7. Your orthoses should be reviewed by your podiatrist approximately every two years.
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