Introduction

Orthotics are custom foot supports. They’re designed to fit your feet more efficiently than over-the-counter (OTC) arch supports, which don’t suit everyone.

Orthotics can be helpful in various ways. They can, for example, help restore the ability to walk, run, and jump by reducing pain and swelling, and they can increase the stability of unstable joints and provide better arch support. They also ease problems in other parts of the body, such as the back and hips. Other benefits of orthotics include:

  • Improving the overall health of the foot and ankle
  • Providing better support for the body
  • Helping to prevent foot deformities

Generally , orthotics are grouped into two categories. These are:

Functional orthotics
These are designed to help correct abnormal foot biomechanics, and are usually made of materials such as plastic polymer. They’re particularly good for reducing foot pronation (foot flattening) and can improve shock absorption while walking.

Accommodative orthotics
These are braces, splints, casts and other devices used to relieve mild foot pain and help correct minor foot problems.