Proper use and care for your orthotic devices.

Ultimate Guide: Caring for Your Orthotic Devices

Orthotic devices are a great way to help relieve pain and provide comfort and stability while you are on the go. Orthotic devices provide support to your joints. Proper use and care of these devices are incredibly important for their longevity and effectiveness. But did you know that if your orthotics aren’t properly cared for, they can become ineffective and cause more harm than good?

When used and cared for properly, orthotic devices can provide a world of relief to those suffering from joint-related ailments. In this blog post, we will discuss how to look after your orthotic devices so that you can get the most out of them. 

By following these guidelines, orthotics users can enjoy the many benefits they provide without having to worry about improper use or unnecessary damage to their medical devices. Orthotics are designed to help improve quality of life by providing support to areas in desperate need of relief and support! Proper use and care of orthotic devices are essential to ensuring that they can do their job. 

The lifespan of an Orthotic Device 

The lifespan of an Orthotic Device

The lifespan of an orthosis depends on the patient’s occupation, use, and weight. People who use orthotics for high-intensity exercise (such as running) may need to replace their devices sooner. The material that makes up the device will eventually deform or compress, changing the function of the orthotic brace.

An orthotic is prescribed for a specific medical condition. The specific modifications within the device are carefully selected to alleviate and adequately support damaged structures/tissues adequately. Other symptoms or other injuries may require equipment adjustments or changes. A new device may be recommended if the pathology changes dramatically.


An orthotic’s shell should be guaranteed against cracking or breaking for the first 12 months (which is rare). If the top cover is defective or shows signs of wear, it can often be repaired/replaced free of charge within the first six months. We recommend submitting your device for inspection to determine the best course of action if it is damaged.

Top Cover

Most orthotics have a cover material. The top cover helps protect the orthotic shell and also improves the comfort of the orthotics. The top cover will eventually wear out and often needs to be replaced before the shell wears out.

Orthotic pads that show signs of wear within the first six months should be replaced free of charge. If the material starts to peel away slightly from the edges, it can be reattached with superglue/contact adhesive.

Caring for Your Orthotic Devices

Wearing Your Orthotics Correctly 

The first step in proper orthotic care is wearing them correctly. Make sure that you are wearing the right size for your body to guarantee a proper fit. If your orthotics do not fit correctly, they may cause discomfort or injury instead of providing support. 

Additionally, it’s important to wear them consistently. Wearing your orthotics regularly helps you build up strength in the muscles supporting the affected area so that you can achieve optimal results from the device. It’s also best to wear them during various activities throughout the day instead of just when performing specific tasks. 

Ensure you follow the wear and care instructions from your manufacturer and healthcare provider. Generally speaking, these instructions will include advice about when and how often to wear your orthotics and tips on cleaning them. Additionally, it is important to note that not all orthotics are designed for long-term use; some may need replacements sooner than others. 

Cleaning Your Orthotics 

Cleaning Your Orthotics

The second step in taking care of your orthotics is making sure they stay clean. This means washing them regularly with mild soap and water, then drying them thoroughly before storing them away in a cool, dry location.

Orthotic devices should be cleaned regularly to prevent bacteria growth or odors. 

Storing Your Orthotics Properly 

Proper storage of an orthotic device is key for its longevity and ability to function optimally when needed most! Take special care when storing your orthosis by placing it in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight or heat sources such as radiators or heating vents. This will help protect its shape/structure as well as prevent any warping due to moisture buildup inside the material itself over time which can cause it to lose its intended form/functionality quickly if not cared for properly while stored away in between uses/activities! 

Additionally, Be sure not to store them near any chemicals or other materials that could damage the material they are made of! 

Finally, consider adding a small sachet of silica gel packets (available at most drugstores) inside each device. This will absorb any excess moisture within confined spaces that could otherwise damage sensitive materials.

Regular Check-Ups 

The fourth step in taking care of your orthotics is making sure they receive regular check-ups from a professional. During these check-ups, the healthcare provider can assess whether or not the device is still providing adequate support or if it needs adjustments or replacements. Regular check-ups also help prevent further injury due to wear over time and ensure that the device continues to do its job effectively!

Remember, orthotic devices are an investment and should be properly cared for to ensure that they deliver the maximum benefit possible. With proper use and care, orthotics can make all the difference in providing relief to those suffering from joint problems. So take care of your orthotics and enjoy the many benefits they have to offer!

The Bottom Line

Caring for your orthotic devices is essential for their long-term performance and effectiveness. Proper use includes wearing them consistently throughout the day instead of just during certain activities; cleaning them regularly with warm water and mild detergent; and storing them in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight or heat sources such as radiators or heating vents.

Following these simple guidelines can help ensure that you get optimal results out of your device while prolonging its lifespan overall! With proper usage and maintenance, users can enjoy years’ worth of relief from painful issues without sacrificing comfort, quality, or safety standards all at once!   

Artik Medical Supply provides high-quality and long-lasting orthotic products. We focus on our client’s needs to find the right solution that aligns with their primary care doctors’ guidance for their rehabilitation process. Do you need pain relief, or are you recovering from an injury or surgery? Connect with us today to check eligibility and see how we can help.

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