What do I need to know about my orthotics?

You may feel side effects from your new orthoses. Wearing your foot orthoses too often is the most common complaint patients have. Your break-in time will normally last 1-3 weeks.

You may have aching in the feet or legs. This is due to tired muscles and the change in your foot position. This is normal and expected.

You may need different footwear for your orthoses. Shoes that tie or have Velcro straps are best. Clogs, “flip flops”, or many dress sandals will not work. The orthoses will fall out of the shoe. Shoes with removable insoles are helpful. The insoles can be taken out and then replaced. 

It is a good idea to take the orthoses out of your shoes at night. This helps them breathe. It will help dry any moisture from the insoles and insides of your shoes.

How do I wear and use orthotics?

Follow the wearing schedule given to you by your doctor. The wearing time includes time when you are both walking and sitting. Limit your wearing time if you have pain in your feet or legs, or any skin redness.

Do not worry if it takes more time to adjust than you expect. Increase your wearing time slowly even if you do not have any problems. 

If you have any sharp pains, skin breakdown, blisters or rashes, stop using them right away and call for an appointment. We will adjust as needed. 

Please call if you have any problems or questions about your orthoses. Report any changes in your health or physical condition which may affect the fit or function of your orthoses. This would include changes in weight, swelling, muscle strength, or recent surgeries. 

An appointment is required to make changes or adjustments to your orthoses

UW Health at The American Center Orthotics

4602 Eastpark Blvd., Madison, WI 53718

(608) 440-6677 or (844) 607-4800

UW Health Orthotics Clinic

6220 University Ave., Middleton, WI 53562

(608) 263-0583 or (877) 894-9940

Middleton Rehab Orthotics 

6630 University Ave., Middleton, WI 53562

(608) 263-8412 or (800) 323-8942

If you are a patient receiving care at UnityPoint – Meriter, Swedish American or a health system outside of UW Health, please use the phone numbers provided in your discharge instructions for any questions or concerns.