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Adding orthotic inserts to your shoes? Avoid this common mistake

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Orthotic inserts can change your life, finally easing the aches and pains that keep you on the sidelines. But before you slip them into your shoes, you need to know one thing. If you skip this, you can undo all the benefits of the inserts.


Double Trouble

Many people will customize their inserts and simply fit them into their favorite tennis shoes or loafers. What you may not realize is that you’ve just doubled up the insoles. And they’re likely two different qualities and could be even made for two different purposes. 


You’ve scoured the internet, asked friends and family, and finally selected your ideal orthotics. You want to make sure you’re not making your condition or discomfort any worse. But that might be what happens if you double up on your inserts. It could throw off your alignment and support. It can also create uneven pressure points that lead to more discomfort and even injury over time. 


So, remove the manufacturer’s insole first.


Space Matters

Most shoes aren't designed with extra room to accommodate both the original insoles and orthotics. Trying to cram them both in there can leave your shoes feeling tight, pinched, and downright uncomfortable. Plus, it can mess with the fit and stability of your shoes, which is the last thing you want when you're on the move.


Hygiene First

Let's be real, shoes can get funky, especially if you're logging serious miles in them. Leaving the original insoles in place can trap moisture, sweat, and odor-causing bacteria. By removing the manufacturer's insole first before swapping them for orthotics, you'll keep things fresh and clean.


Did you know you can clean Premium Orthotic inserts? Check out this blog to learn how.


Optimal Performance for your orthotic inserts

Orthotics are designed to work in harmony with your feet, providing the support and cushioning you need to stay comfortable and pain-free. But they can't do their job properly if they're competing for space with the factory insoles. Removing the originals ensures that your orthotics can do their thing without any interference, so you can strut your stuff with confidence.


An easy fix, once you know about it. To get the most out of your orthotics and experience the full benefits, make sure to remove that manufacturer’s insert first. Size your new orthotic insert and slip them in. You’ll be on the road in no time!


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