3 Ways To Get Your Orthotic To Stop Squeaking

orthotic servicesCustom orthotics are meant to enhance mobility and make walking comfortable again. However, sometimes when you receive your custom orthotics from your orthotic services and put them to the test on the pavement they can have an unexpected side effect: squeaking.

If your orthotics are squeaking, it’s typically a sign that there’s a gap between the orthotic and the shoe. When you move, the gap will cause the orthotic to shift in the shoe, which can result in the horrible squeaking sound. Fortunately, there are ways you can get your orthotics to stop squeaking.

  1. Use moleskin as a wedge
    Moleskin isn’t just for writing your novel on a rainy afternoon. If the squeaking of your orthotic happens closer to the heel area, use a square of moleskin and place it between the orthotic and the shoe. It should stop the squeaking the same way a square of cardboard may stop a table from wobbling.
  2. Sprinkle talc along the bottom of the shoe
    Talc is great if the squeaking problem is caused by general friction between your orthotic and your shoe. Use talc along the bottom of the sole before you place your orthotic into the shoe. This should help to stop the squeaking at least for a little bit. You will have to re-apply the talc should the squeaking begin again.
  3. Reduce orthotic movement with Velcro
    You can help to reduce how much your orthotic is moving in your shoe by using Velcro. Place one piece at the bottom of the shoe and orthotic and then another piece at the top of the shoe and orthotic. Because the cause of the squeaking is the movement of your orthotic, the Velcro should be able to stop the sound by keeping the orthotic in place.

The best way to stop your orthotics from squeaking is to ensure that the gap between your orthotics and your shoes doesn’t exist at all. Send in a shoe, not just a measurement of your foot, to the manufacturer recommended by your orthotic services. This will help the manufacturer get an idea of the shoe’s inner sole and not just your foot, which can give the orthotic a better fit and stop the squeaking before it can happen.

Orthotic services are offered by 3,000 care facilities across the United States. If the squeaking still doesn’t stop, consult the orthotic services Wausau WI has to offer today.

How To Reduce Summer Sweating Around Your Prosthetic Limb

prosthetic limbsAugust is typically the hottest month of the summer, which makes it that much more uncomfortable when you begin to sweat around your prosthesis. We all know that wearing thick clothing can be uncomfortable and stuffy in the sweltering summer sun. So it makes sense that your residual limb would sweat that much more when it’s covered by a liner.

By the year 2050, approximately 3.6 million Americans will be living with limb loss and will be dealing with the annoyance of sweating in a prosthetic liner. Sweating inside of the liners of prosthetic limbs can cause discomfort as well as an inability to effectively fit the prosthetic to your limb. Because sweat makes the skin slick, it can cause the liner to slide. As a result, your prosthetic which is meant for enhancing mobility can actually reduce mobility.

Fortunately, there are some ways you can fight back against these pools of annoying sweat.

  • Use microfiber towels
    One of the best ways to combat sweating during the summer months is to take off your prosthetic limbs once they begin to get too sweaty for function and comfort. Wipe down the limb and the liner using a microfiber towel, which absorbs more fluid than a regular towel. Microfiber towels are also easier to keep on hand than a regular towel. However, it’s important to avoid the creation of micro-tears in your prosthetic liner by patting the liner dry and not rubbing it dry.
  • Use aluminum chlorohydrate
    Aluminum chlorohydrate works as an antiperspirant and can come either in the form of a prescription antiperspirant or a prosthetic spray. This will help with any excessive sweating you may experience while wearing your prosthetic and the friction that comes with it. However, be careful not to use it too much if you have sensitive skin as this can cause skin irritation.
  • Wear a liner for your liner
    Wearing an anti-microbial liner before putting on your silicone liner can help to absorb the sweat so it doesn’t pool uncomfortably around your prosthetic.
  • Botox injections
    Botox injections are used as a treatment to help those suffering from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. This is because botox relaxes the muscles and reduces the interactions between your nerve endings and your sweat glands. This means that your nerve endings won’t tell your brain to activate the sweat glands in that area of your body as much as it has been.

Excessively sweating during the summer months can be incredibly uncomfortable and bothersome. However, it can be even more bothersome when you sweat inside of your liner and your prosthetic limbs don’t fit as well as they should. By using these tips, you can manage your sweating during the summer to keep your prosthetic limbs comfortably functioning and in place. Talk to your prosthetist or orthotist for the best option for you.