What Are The Best Waterproof Orthotics?

Larry Huppin DPM

Perhaps you have had patients ask you about waterproof orthoses. In my view, the most waterproof orthotic by far is a direct milled polypropylene orthosis with no cover. This all-plastic device is completely waterproof and dries off in seconds.

If you require a cover and some cushion, I think the best choice is to use the direct milled polypropylene orthosis with a vinyl topcover and a layer of Poron glued to the bottom of the topcover. Neither of these materials will absorb moisture although they may wear out sooner if they are constantly getting wet.

Editor's note: This blog was originally published at http://www.prolaborthotics.com/Default.aspx?tabid=90&EntryID=361 . It has been adapted with permission from Lawrence Huppin, DPM, and ProLab Orthotics. For more information, visit www.prolaborthotics.com .

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