Tips for Skin Protection with Orthotic Devices

Posted by Shannon on May 10th 2022

June 20, 2024

Tips for Skin Protection with Orthotic Devices

Orthotic devices have gone through technological advances over the years. The devices tend to fit more intimately against the skin than they did in the past. This development leads to more effective treatment and correction. The downside, however, is that the more intimate fit has led to an increase in skin issues.

Follow these tips for keeping the skin healthy and protected while wearing orthotic devices.

Inspect Your Skin Daily

Depending on your condition, you may not notice if your skin becomes irritated. Daily skin inspections will pinpoint any irritations that arise.

Wash Daily

Any skin that is covered by the orthotic device should be washed daily with warm soap and water.

Pay Extra Attention to Bacteria Traps

Clean the bottoms of your feet and between your toes if you wear an AFO, KAFO or SMO brace. If wearing a spinal brace, be sure clean your underarms.

Dry Completely

Be sure your body is completely dry before donning your orthotic device.

Wear Interfaces

It’s important to wear an interface between your skin and the brace to protect against rubbing and abrasion. Interfaces that are seamless, like Torso-Interface and SmartKnit AFO and KAFO socks, will help prevent irritation.

Keep Interfaces From Wrinkling or Bunching

Wrinkling and bunching of orthotic devices introduces another area of irritation. Wearing interfaces that fit snug against the skin will help avoid wrinkling and bunching.

Keep Interfaces Dry

If your skin becomes sweaty, it opens you up to further irritation. Orthotic interfaces like Torso-Interface and SmartKnit AFO and KAFO socks are moisture-wicking to keep skin dry.



This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

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