Most orthoses will require an acclimatization period in order for the skin to adapt to the new pressures. It is essential that you check skin for redness and other skin anomalies every time before and after donning the orthosis. Redness that disappears within 30 minutes is considered normal.
A typical wearing schedule is as follows:
Day 1: Wear the orthosis for approximately 1 hour. Inspect skin after removal for redness or other skin anomalies.
Day 2 – 4: Perform similar procedure as Day 1 but this time keep the orthosis on for 2 – 3 hours. Check skin after wear period.
Day 5 – 7: You should be able to wear the orthosis for up to 5 hours. Check skin after each wear period.
Day 8+: You should be able to wear the orthosis for the entire day (8 – 12 hours). Check skin after each wear period.
If you experience any problems or discomfort please discontinue use and call your Orthotist.
Your Orthotist may provide you with a different wearing schedule depending on the design and purpose of your orthosis. Always follow your Orthotists recommendations to ensure treatment efficacy.