It is important to be aware of the break-in period while wearing orthotics for the first time. This refers to the time frame needed for the muscles in the body to realign in order to support the integrated multi-axial™ foot movement.
This period could range from a week to three weeks, with some people being able to wear their orthotics for longer periods whilst others taking more time to become fully accustomed to their new orthotics.
Wear time could begin with no more than two hours on the first day, gradually increasing it to an additional hour each day.
It is highly advisable to avoid any intense form of exercise during this period as the feet get adjusted to an optimal functioning posture.
The wearer would have to break in the orthotics gradually for sports too; running a mile after the feet get fully comfortable, and gradually proceeding to run longer distances in the months that follow.
In the event that there is any sort of pain experienced in the feet, ankles or knees, the wear time should be reduced to an hour each day until the discomfort disappears. After which, the normal break-in procedure can be resumed.
However, It is important to keep in mind that since the orthotics change movement patterns causing postural adaptations, a certain level of discomfort is not uncommon for the first couple of days.
Stretching out calf muscles would be a good way to ease into the transitional period as tight calves can lead to excessive compression of the foot into the arch support.
Initially, it is recommended to wear the orthotics in one pair of shoes, that have not been broken down or stretched out, as properly fitting footwear is important for the full-contact orthotics to work efficiently.
The transitional period varies for each individual, however, if the wearer experiences difficulty adapting to the orthotics after four weeks of use, the orthotics may need to be adjusted by a lower limbs biomechanical expert.
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