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Orthotics and Orthotic Services Top Tips from the Healthcare Specialists at Medineeds

Date: Mar 27, 2022
Post By : admin


At Medineeds Health and Wellness Clinic we are often asked for top tips on how our patients can look after their feet, insoles and orthoses as everyone knows that it is really important to make sure we all take the best care we can with our feet.

We understand that often people don’t know what foot care routine they should be following at home, what orthotics do’s and don’ts there are, or when it is necessary to call on expert orthotics advice and support.

We also understand that sometimes there is also confusion about the different equipment and aids used in orthotic care and how to use and look after them for the best health results.

So, what is the best advice for looking after orthotics?

Here are the Orthotics Top Tips from our Medineeds Foot Care Specialist Carolyn Royse:

  • Orthotic intervention helps to reduce pain, slow the progression changes to the feet or prevent injury. Orthoses are used as an alternative to surgery as well as before and after surgery. 
  • If you have purchased insoles or had custom made orthoses, you will need to ‘break in’ your orthoses initially, for 30 minutes on the first day, 60 minutes on the second day, increasing the wear by up to 30 minutes each day, until you have built up to wearing the foot orthoses all day. We recommend that insoles should be worn for a minimum of 7 hours per day, 7 days per week. 
  • If you are wearing your insoles during sporting activity, use you should build up tolerance in walking before any sports are tried.
  • If you have any prolonged increase in pain, persistent pressure marks (which remain after 20 minutes of removing the insoles), rubs or concerns; the insoles or orthoses should be removed. If concerned please see a healthcare professional for a review.
  • Insoles or orthoses should be cleaned by wiping down with a damp sponge with gentle soap and dried naturally. They should not be fully submerged in water or put on a direct heat source such as a radiator to dry. It is best to remove your insole from footwear overnight to air.

Medineeds Orthotics Services – the best value Somerset orthotics services, provided by local healthcare experts

Jordan Hutchings, Orthotist/Prosthetist Bsc MBAPO, qualified in 2008 following previous employment as a mechanical engineer fabricating artificial limbs.

Jordan has worked as orthotist for 15 years for the NHS, firstly at Royal Devon & Exeter and since 2015 as lead Orthotist at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, specialising in orthopaedic and diabetic foot clinics.

Jordan's interests include general lower limb biomechanics and the diabetic foot.

How can I find out more about Medineeds Orthotics Services?

At Medineeds we are on a mission to improve the wellbeing of our local community. We have many years of experience in our areas of expertise and are also involved in the provision of frontline healthcare services. Our Medineeds Health & Wellness Clinic team is made up of healthcare specialists and professionals, dedicated to taking care of your health and wellness.

If you feel that you or someone you know would benefit from an assessment, please contact please contact our friendly Medineeds Reception, who will happily advise you on our Orthotics Service.

Call our Reception Team today to arrange an appointment 01823 277755 or email enquiries@medineeds.co.uk