Key Points

Gillette Assistive Technology provides Knit Rite brand socks with most types of new braces.

Socks

If you wear an orthosis or brace on your feet, ankles or knees, you need to wear some sort of sock underneath it. The sock protects your skin, keeps your skin dry and helps prevent blisters or sores. For the best protection, wear a sock that extends past the top of your brace.

Buy seamless socks, if possible, and make sure that they are the appropriate size. Socks that are too big can create wrinkles under your brace that might be uncomfortable.

The socks, your skin, and your brace should be clean and dry at all times to prevent skin breakdown or bacterial growth.

Some patients prefer to wear a long sport-type sock under their brace. These kinds of socks can be found at stores like Target or Kohls. Other patients prefer to wear socks that are specially designed to be worn underneath a brace. You can purchase these types of socks from the following companies:

Knit Rite
www.Knitritedirect.com
Register and enter provider code
1100908000

AFO Socks
www.afosocks.com $4-5

Shoes

Finding a pair of shoes that fits with your orthotics can be challenging. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Bring your braces with you when shopping for shoes.
  • Buy a larger shoe. It is normal to go up one size when wearing a brace.
  • Buy a wide shoe with laces close to the toes (such as an athletic shoe).
  • Remove the factory insoles. (The insoles often don’t serve a purpose, but just take up room in the shoe.)

Some patients prefer to wear an orthopedic type shoe. Orthopedic shoes usually come wider and deeper than other shoes. You can buy these types of shoes from the following companies:

Keeping Pace
www.keepingpace.com
1-888-526-0020

Schuler Shoes
Woodbury Commons
10150 Hudson Road
Woodbury, MN 55129
651-731-8700

Answer 2 Shoes
www.healthyfeetstore.com
1-866-324-3338

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team.