What Are Orthotics

Orthotics are medical braces, that assist in correcting or supporting arms, legs, feet, backs or necks. The brace may be called an orthopaedic appliance or device. These braces are used by people who have physical impairments, such as curvature of the spine. A uniquely designed back brace, can assist the spine in becoming straighter over a long period of time. An orthotic back brace might also be worn by a person who has spinal bifida, cerebral palsy, a spinal cord injury or other condition of the back. These orthotic devices are created by experts, in a specialized field of medicine. Creating orthotics requires understanding of anatomy and physiology, in addition to understanding how to engineer a unique brace for each patient’s condition.

Orthotic devices, may be temporary or permanent. Many patients require new orthotic devices, as they grow or the health condition changes. There are specialties in the creation of orthotics. Foot orthotics is a major sub-specialty in the science of orthotics. Many pe

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