What are Orthotics: Orthotics are shoe inserts that correct an abnormal, or irregular, walking pattern. Generally called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably.
Podiatrists sometimes prescribe orthotic devices to correct an abnormal gait and often for patients after surgery.
What are Orthotics made of:Orthotics are made of lightweight materials that range in complexity from simple shoe inserts bought over-the-counter to custom-made devices that require foot impressions and casting to create.
What do Orthotics do: They help restore your ability to walk and run by reducing pain and they increase the stability of unstable joints and provide better arch support. Other benefits of orthotics include improving the overall health of the foot and ankle, aligning and supporting the body and preventing foot deformities.
Custom-made or Over-the-counter? Over-the-counter orthotic inserts help people with mild symptoms but they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can, since the over-the-counter orthotics are made to fit a person with an 'average' foot shape.