Frequently Asked Questions — Orthotics
Yes... and no. Like new shoes, your orthotic may take some getting used to, so it is important to create a wearing schedule that lets you get used to your new device. Initially you’ll start by wearing it for short periods of time, followed by taking it off for a while. Over time, you will increase the amount of time you wear your orthosis, until you are wearing it for the majority of your day (and night). We make sure that we work with you, to create a schedule that best helps you adapt to your new orthosis.
With proper care and fitting, wearing an orthosis should not be painful. If you are experiencing pain related to wearing an orthosis, you should contact us immediately so we can schedule a follow-up visit to evaluate the problem.
It is important to take good care of the skin in the areas that come into contact with your orthosis, in order to prevent skin breakdown. Skin breakdown can occur if the skin is irritated over time - it may become painful, red, raw or blistered. Pay attention to your skin and evaluate it for any signs that breakdown may be occurring. Remember to clean the orthosis with mild soap and water, and avoid applying skin creams or lotions that may come into contact with the orthosis. . If you are believe you are experiencing skin breakdown, please contact us immediately so we can schedule a follow-up visit to evaluate the problem.
Although this information can vary greatly from person to person, you should see your orthotist every 3-6 months. However, once you are properly fitted, follow-up visits are often focused on evaluating any changing needs you might have have, based on your lifestyle and activity levels changing over time. If you have a sudden change in lifestyle or activity, such as a change in weight of 10 pounds, you should call your orthotist to evaluate whether or not you should schedule a follow-up visit.
Although orthoses are made from durable materials intended to last many years, your orthotosis is made with many parts that intended to move to aid in your mobility. It is possible that your orthosis and/or some of the moving parts may wear over time, especially if your lifestyle or activity level changes. Having regularly scheduled followed up visit will help your orthotist identify any potential wear or fitment issues. Be sure to let your orthotist know if you believe your orthosis is showing signs of wear, or is fitting or performing differently than it was previously. If you believe your orthosis needs to be replaced or repaired, call your orthotist – they can help evaluate your orthosis, and determine the best solution.
No. Follow-up visits for adjustments and fitment issues do not require a prescription. However, if it is determined that you need a new orthosis based on a change in your activity level, requiring a different basic function from the orthosis, it is likely that you will need to obtain a prescription for the new orthosis. Your orthotist can help you understand which orthotic solution best matches your activity level.