Tuesday, February 8, 2011
A Fix For Squeaky Orthotic Devices
When foot orthotic devices with some plastic, mix with modern day shoes with plastic or rubbery components, squeaking can occur. I have always recommended with some modest success that the patient apply foot powder under the orthotic device inside the shoe and around the sides of the orthotic device to act as a friction layer. For the shoes that this is not enough, you must find out where the squeak is coming from and apply leather to the orthotic device in this area.
Here the pen is pointing to a layer of thin leather (that any shoe repair store has) that has been glued/superglued to the sides and back of the rearfoot post on the orthotic device.
When the patient presented with the squeaky orthotic device, proudly walking for me to prove it, vowing on a stack of Bibles that powder had reduced but not eliminated the squeak. So I carefully put my hand on the orthotic device inside the shoe (yes, this is why I earn the big bucks!! What dangers lurk!?!), and attempted to move the orthotic device to produce the annoying squeak. It seemed to reside loudly in the heel area. Since this type of orthotic device had plastic posts, I covered the posts with leather and made Stacey walk. Wallah, no squeak!! Yes, it is hard to stay humble.