Your brace was specifically fit to you to provide the greatest possible degree of comfort by a certified orthotist. Your orthotist will show you and your caregivers how to properly put on and remove the brace. Be sure to follow the individual wearing instructions that your doctor has prescribed. It is important to adhere to this wearing schedule.
Your brace will exert steady pressure where it is designed to provide support. It should not cause any stabbing pain or create bruises, calluses or blisters. Should this occur, contact your orthotist immediately for an adjustment. Do not attempt to adjust your brace on your own. It should be noted that diabetics and people with lessened skin sensitivity are especially vulnerable to skin irritation, particularly in bony areas. Extra care should be taken and even minor skin irritations should be treated promptly.
Proper Hygiene/Skin Care
Follow your doctors’ instructions for removal of the brace to shower and shave. Keep your skin under the brace clean and dry to avoid irritation. Using a mild soap and warm water along with generous rinsing will ensure the removal of all lather since dried soap may irritate the skin. Be sure your skin is dry before reapplying the brace. Avoid using powders, lotions, or ointments on the skin under the brace as this may cause irritation of your skin. Check daily for places on your skin that are red or tender. Ask someone else to inspect areas that you are unable to do so adequately. If your brace becomes loose or painful, or you have reddened skin under the brace, call your orthotist for an adjustment. It is important to prevent red or tender areas from developing into an open sore.
Your brace may be kept clean by using mild soap and a damp cloth. Do not soak the orthosis in water or use a blow dryer or place it on a heater to dry. Simply wipe it down with a clean dry cloth or let it air dry.