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Understanding Orthopedic Treatments

Hey everyone, my name is Belinda. When I was a young girl, I injured the muscles in my legs performing complex gymnastic moves. I was under the care of an orthopedist for several months during the recovery period. I had to complete a number of strengthening exercises to regain my range of motion and mobility. The orthopedist performed regular examinations to determine if the given treatment was working. I will use this site to talk about different orthopedic treatments. I hope you will visit my site often to learn about this fascinating subject.

Understanding Orthopedic Treatments

Why Are Your Orthotics Causing Blisters?

by Stanley Pierce

Orthotics are meant to prevent foot problems and help your shoes fit better. So, if you are developing blisters while wearing orthotics, then something is definitely wrong. Here's a look at some of the most common issues that can lead to blisters when wearing orthotics — and what you can do about them.

Your orthotics are too large for your shoes.

Most orthotics, at least those that you buy over the counter, are made to be trimmed to fit your shoes. So, if you just slid the orthotics into your shoes without trimming them first, they may be rubbing and causing blisters because they are too large for your shoes and are bunching up, either in the toe or heel of the shoe. To solve this problem, remove the orthotics from your shoes. Trace the sole of your shoe into them, and then cut just inside the tracing. This usually ensures the orthotics fit just right, although you may then find you need to trim off a little more.

You're wearing the wrong socks.

Even the best orthotics may still cause blisters if you're wearing them with the wrong socks. Check your socks to see if there is a seam where your blisters are developing. If so, switch to a different type of socks that don't have this seam. Wool socks, or those made with breathable synthetic material, are less likely to rub, too. These socks shed moisture rather than holding onto it, so they keep your feet dry and less prone to blistering.

Your orthotics aren't the right shape for your feet.

If you bought orthotics from a pharmacy or shoe store, they could be causing blisters because they are not the right type of orthotics for your foot shape and the way you walk. Maybe, for example, you need orthotics that support the inside of your foot, but you bought ones that have extra padding in the heel. If you think this might be the case, it's helpful to consult with a podiatrist. They can examine your feet, watch you walk, and recommend the type of orthotics that suit your needs. This not only helps your blisters go away, but also ensures your orthotics keep you as comfortable as possible overall.

Orthotics can be life-changing, but you do have to have the right ones and wear them properly. Follow the tips and advice above, and you'll be set.