Orthotics is the field concerned with the application and manufacture of orthoses, devices which support or correct human posture and function. The term is derived from the Greek “ortho”, which means to straighten.
Foot orthotics allow the muscles, tendons, and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential. When appropriately prescribed, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip and lower back. They can also increase stability in an unstable joint, prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems, and improve overall quality of life.
In addition to providing relief for painful foot problems or an injury, those who may benefit from orthotics include people who must walk or stand excessively on the job. For those who are active in sports, orthotics will often increase endurance, performance and strength. For overweight individuals, orthotics can help counteract the extra stress on the feet, as minor problems are often magnified due to the increased weight.