Orthotics are used to alter or modify foot function and are designed to treat and adjust foot disorders. An orthosis is any device added to the body to stabilize or immobilize a body part, prevent deformity, protect against injury, or assist with function. They are commonly used by athletes to reduce muscle fatigue while improving muscular performance. Some orthotics are simple and made commercially and others are custom that are developed to meet specific, individual needs.
Some of the goals of orthoses are:
• Maintain or correct body alignment
• Assist or resist joint motion
• Relief of weight bearing forces
• Protection against physical issues