Caring for Orthotics

orthotic repair and replacement in glasgow and central scotland

Make the most of your Orthotic Devices

Orthotics, especially those in daily use, will undoubtedly be subject to some wear and tear and may eventually need repair or replacement.  However, there are simple steps you can take to look after your orthotic devices and potentially extend their lifespan.

Top Tips for Orthotic Care

  • Clean your orthotics using only a damp cloth with mild detergent to wipe down, never machine wash, tumble dry or place in direct heat e.g. next to a radiator, fire or oven.
  • Avoid getting orthotics extremely wet if at all possible. Whilst this will not harm the layers in your orthotics immediately, through time and repeated soaking the layers will delaminate (come apart) and will require recovering sooner than usual.
  • If orthotics do get extremely wet allow to air dry only, do not try to speed up the drying process by using a hair dryer, radiator or other facilitated heating process. This will dry out the orthotics and cause layers to dry and crack
  • Never try to repair your orthotics by yourself, these are prescribed devices which require care and attention by a qualified professional to maintian the life of your orthotics. Tampering with your orthotics will reduce the effectiveness of your orthotics and potentially lose the mechanical effectiveness of the orthotics
  • Have your orthotics checked and refurbished once a year either by your prescribing clinician or a qualified professional who can assess the integrity of your orthotics