Orthoses (or orthotics)
Orthoses are prescription devices that are used to create change to the body by applying an external force, improve comfort, and alleviate aches and pains. A foot orthoses is a device that goes inside a shoe or sandal to provide relief for the feet and lower limbs. As podiatrists, we are trained to assess a patient in order to determine if orthoses are a suitable solution. Orthoses can also be made from a variety of different materials, some harder, some softer, depending on the patient’s needs. A podiatrist can also evaluate the effectiveness of orthoses and make the necessary adjustments for better outcomes as required.