Orthotics (Greek: Ορθός, ortho, “to straighten” or “align”) is a specialty within the medical field concerned with the design, manufacture, and application of orthoses. An orthosis(plural: orthoses) is an orthopedic device that supports or corrects the function of a limb or the torso. An orthopaedic brace, “appliance”, or simply brace is an orthopaedic device used to:
- Control, guide, limit and/or immobilize an extremity, joint or body segment for a particular area
- To restrict movement in a given direction
- To assist movement generally
- To reduce weight-bearing forces for a particular purpose
- To aid rehabilitation from fractures after the removal of a cast
- To otherwise correct the shape and/or function of the body, to provide easier movement capability or reduce pain
Corrective shoe inserts are popularly known as orthotics.
Ankle-foot orthosis: A brace, usually made of plastic, that is worn on the lower leg and foot to support the ankle, hold the foot and ankle in the correct position and correct foot drop. Abbreviated AFO. An ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is an orthosis or brace (usually plastic) that surrounds the ankle and at least part of the foot. AFOs are externally applied and intended to control position and motion of the ankle, compensate for weakness, or correct deformities. They control the ankle directly and can be designed to control the knee joint indirectly as well.
Pedorthist: Certified pedorthic practitioners (known as pedorthists) are specialists in foot orthotics (pedorthics).
A Certified Pedorthist, or C. Ped (CPED), specializes in foot orthotics and footwear. Pedorthists are specially trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics. With specialized education and training in the design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot orthotics and footwear pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet that (if left untreated) could result in limited mobility.
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