The terms orthotics and orthosis are often used interchangeably, although the first is the practice of making and fitting these support devices, which are correctly called orthoses. An orthosis is used to correct or modify a musculoskeletal problem like flat feet. Shoe inserts are the most common and probably best-recognized form of orthoses, but they may also include devices like a brace or specialized back support. Orthoses are used to provide support and cushioning, restrict movement, or as a treatment during rehabilitation.
A custom-designed shoe orthotic can provide arch support and relieve foot, heel and ankle pain. A sitting orthosis supports the back and is often used for people with conditions like cerebral palsy. Prescription orthoses are meant to be functional or accommodative. A functional orthosis is used to control abnormal motion or correct problems like unequal leg length. Accommodative orthoses are used primarily for cushioning effect and might be designed for a patient who has a bunion or callus.
The various types of orthoses are used to treat musculoskeletal conditions. Among these are excessively flat feet or unequal leg length. Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the fascia – a broad band of tissue on the bottom of the foot. The orthotic is used to cushion and support the fascia while it heals. Orthoses might also be used for bursitis and tendinitis in the foot, ankle and lower leg, heel injuries that cause chronic pain, or diabetic foot ulcers.
Someone who just needs a little cushioning may do fine with an over-the-counter shoe insert that needs no special fitting. People with serious or chronic pain in the feet, ankles and knees need a thorough assessment and a custom-fitted orthosis. Chiropractors and podiatrists can fit many foot and ankle orthoses, while something like a custom back brace requires the services of an orthotist who is specially trained to make these devices. Orthoses must also be replaced periodically and should be refitted at that time.
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