An orthotist is a practitioner who helps people with disabilities of the spine and limbs. Orthotics means the science of designing orthopedic braces that help certain musculoskeletal deformities. A certified orthotist reviews, designs, and fits devices called orthoses. Corrective shoe inserts are called orthotics. The certified orthotist has passed the certification standards of The American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc. The orthotist may be part of your rehabilitation team and often works in conjunction with the prosthetist in assessing a person’s need for a prosthesis and orthopedic devices.