Having an orthotic in your shoe can be very beneficial. It can help you walk, stay balanced and it can also help heal a foot or ankle injury. They come in all different shapes and sizes and are often made my medical professionals such as podiatrists. These devices are state of the art and made of high quality metal and plastic pieces. They can be made for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. No two custom orthotics are exactly the same, which is a great benefit for the user. Sometimes, when people use orthotics they forget the importance of the care of the skin underneath. Here are some tips on how to properly care for the skin underneath the orthotic device to help prevent other serious foot and ankle conditions.
How to Care for the Skin
- Any part of the body that is covered by an orthotic device should be washed daily with warm water and soap.
- Make sure to also clean the bottoms of your feet, between your toes and the sides of the feet to eliminate dirt and bacteria.
- Your body should be completely dry before you put your orthotic device on.
- Keep the socks you wear clean, dry and wrinkle free.
- Inspect your skin daily.
Why do I need to examine and care for my skin?
- Checking your skin daily should be a natural habit. People who have less feeling in their nerves are not as likely to notice if their skin is irritated. Irritation is usually prevalent in bony areas like the shin or sides of the feet. All irritations should be treated to prevent wounds, blisters or ulcers.
- An orthotic should provide steady pressure but not sharp pains. Look for bruises, blisters and calluses
- New orthotics can cause redness but it should disappear within 15 minutes of removal.
- Swelling can occur after long periods of standing or during hot or humid weather. If swelling occurs you should remove the device and lay down. Be sure to elevate our leg above your heart until the swelling subsides.
Is your orthotic causing you skin issues? Think it might need to be adjusted? Call Syracuse Podiatry located in Fayetteville, New York. Foot specialist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and his highly trained team can help treat your skin and adjust your orthotic to fit more comfortably. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today. Orthotics are meant to help, let us help you get it back on track.