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How to Get Used to Orthotics Faster

Orthotics are rarely comfortable initially but get better with use. Here are a few tips to reduce the discomfort and fast-track the break-in period.

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By Babafemi Adebajo
Siphokazi Mdidimba
Edited by Siphokazi Mdidimba

Published June 29, 2022.

Most people expect their orthotics to give them immediate pain relief. While this is possible, you’re likely to find your orthotics feel uncomfortable instead. Though they are designed to address your foot conditions, adjusting to orthotics may take some time. Learn more from our post about the different experiences from orthotics.

Tips for Getting Used to Orthotics

Orthotics are rarely comfortable initially. However, the orthotics will become more comfortable with use. Here are a few tips that will assist you with reducing the discomfort and fast-track the break-in period.

  1. Begin slowly In the beginning, aim to wear your orthotics for no more than one hour. You can do this multiple times a day. As it becomes more comfortable, you can now increase the duration of wear.
  2. Rest between wears When you’re not using the orthotics, rest your body to allow recovery and adaptation.
  3. Avoid using orthotics for strenuous activities Until you can wear orthotics all day without discomfort, plan to remove them during any strenuous activity.
  4. Adjust the orthotics If there is no tangible reduction in the discomfort over 3 to 4 weeks, you may need to send the orthotic back for onward adjustment. Upstep, for instance, offers free shipping labels that allow you to return your custom orthotics for adjustment.

How Long Does It Take to Get Used to Orthotics?

There are different types of custom orthotics, and no matter the type, your body will still need time to adjust to them. Generally, it will take two to four weeks for the body to get used to the orthotics. Do what you can to fast-track the adjustment, but stay pain-free in the interim.