baby powder, the secret cure to squeaky orthoticsCures for Squeaky Orthotics

Squeaky orthotics? Here is an easy fix. Remove the orthotics, put talcum powder in your shoes, and then replace the orthotics. Johnson’s Baby Powder seems to work best.  The talcum acts as a lubricant between the shoe and the orthotic and almost always eliminates the squeak. Usually a single application will provide several months of relief.

Still Have Squeaky Orthotics?

If you still have squeaky orthotics:

  1. Put more talcum powder in. It takes more than you think. You should have to dump out the excess powder.dryer
  2. Lay a dryer sheet in the bottom of the shoe. Cut it to the shape of the shoe insole and put it under the orthotic.
  3. Spray the inside of the shoe with food grade silicone spray.
  4. Apply some duct tape or mole skin around the edges of the orthotic. Sometimes it is the side edge rubbing on the shoe causing the squeak.

Advanced Cures for Noisy Orthotics

For more hints, watch the video below. If it’s still a problem and you are our patient then come in for us to adjust the orthotic. We can narrow it a little bit so it doesn’t rub on the shoe. We can also bevel the sides to prevent the rubbing and friction that causes the noise. If you are not our patient then contact your podiatrist. Also, remember that your orthotics should be examined at regular intervals.

If your orthotics haven’t been checked in the last year or so it’s time for us to check them for signs of excessive wear.

We’ll make sure they fit correctly and advise you if you need to have them modified, repaired or replaced. We’ll discuss with you any problems or changes you may be experiencing.

For an orthotic evaluation, make an appointment to see us in our Seattle office.

Video: Squeaky Orthotics Cures



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