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What are orthotics?

Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Orthotics is the science of developing equipment that supports and stabilizes a part of the body that is weak or malformed. An orthosis is a mechanical device that is applied to or around a part of the body in order to optimize function and/or help restore and/or maintain optimal body biomechanics. For example, they can increase stability in an unstable joint and prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems. One example of a foot orthosis is an arch support.
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