What are orthotic shoes and inserts?
Also known as: prescription orthotics, custom orthotics.
Though shoe inserts are available off the shelf to help with a variety of foot problems, the word “orthotic” indicates a custom insert or shoe that is specially designed for your feet and prescribed by an orthopedist. They can be used to help treat a wide variety of foot- and leg-specific problems or other medical conditions such as diabetes.
Although orthotics may not change a persons feet, they can be used to give additional support and comfort.
Reviewed by: Avi C. Baitner, MD
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