orthotic

adjective
or·​thot·​ic | \ ȯr-ˈthä-tik How to pronounce orthotic (audio) \

Definition of orthotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being an orthosis or orthotic orthotic braces orthotic devices that restrict movement orthotic shoe inserts also : of or relating to orthotics orthotic correction

orthotic

noun
plural orthotics

Definition of orthotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: orthosis Doctors made us aware of the scoliosis forming and a need for orthotics that would improve his spine.— Christie Willhite especially : a supportive device inserted into a shoe usually to stabilize the foot, correct alignment, or provide cushioning To better support the arch and absorb shock, specially designed shoe inserts (orthotics) are often recommended. Food & Fitness Advisor Some patients experience discomfort from the stiffness of many orthotics, but it disappears as the patient's foot adapts to orthotic control and the device settles into the shoe. — James F. Eggold … the fabric-covered orthotic provides arch support so you tire less easily. — Maggie Spilner

Examples of orthotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Orthofeets come in two widths, and the orthotic-like inserts provide arch support and foam cushioning, particularly at the heel. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 26 July 2022 The orthotic footbed is designed for support while the rubber outsole makes walking in them a breeze. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 19 July 2022 These laceless sneakers are easy to slip on and offer cushioning and support for long walks, runs, and workouts with their EVA orthotic insole. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2022 Surprisingly, tape may be the missing key to achieving relief for foot pain, as both Kadar and Marko use it to mimic the support of a podiatric orthotic. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 6 Aug. 2021 Leather sandals are notoriously rigid, but customers guarantee comfort with this orthotic, arch-supporting design. Emily Belfiore, Health.com, 28 Apr. 2021 With an orthotic footbed, they're bound to put a spring in your step. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2021 His therapists sent us to a doctor on Long Island who makes special foot orthotics to give him extra support. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 Even coming to see you today—the pavement allowed me to move, and so did my shoes, my orthotics, and the long hours spent by my physical therapist. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'orthotic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of orthotic

Adjective

1955, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orthotic

Noun

New Latin orthosis

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best foot massagers.

Learn More About orthotic

Time Traveler for orthotic

Time Traveler

The first known use of orthotic was in 1955

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near orthotic

orthotelluric acid

orthotic

orthotics

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for orthotic

Cite this Entry

“Orthotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthotic. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for orthotic

orthotic

adjective
or·​thot·​ic | \ ȯr-ˈthät-ik How to pronounce orthotic (audio) \

Medical Definition of orthotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being an orthosis or orthotic a thoracolumbar orthotic brace orthotic devices that restrict movement orthotic shoe inserts also : of or relating to orthotics orthotic therapy In the absence of radiculopathies or nerve entrapments, treatment should be directed to mechanical and orthotic correction of postures and locomotion accompanied by methods of pain relief and control. — Laura K. Smith, Neurological Rehabilitation

orthotic

noun

Medical Definition of orthotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: orthosis Doctors made us aware of the scoliosis forming and a need for orthotics that would improve his spine.— Christie Willhite, Chicago Daily Herald especially : a supportive device inserted into a shoe usually to stabilize the foot, correct alignment, or provide cushioning In some cases doctors recommend orthotics—custom-made shoe inserts that help redistribute weight and take pressure off the bunion. — Richard Trubo, Harvard Health Medical Letter The most commonly encountered problems with the orthotics themselves were blister formation, edge irritation, heel slippage from the extra bulk in the shoe, and discomfort from the stiffness of the orthotic. — James F. Eggold, The Physician and Sportsmedicine You might also need orthotics to align your foot properly in your boots and reduce stress on the knee, particularly if your foot pronates (rotates inward). — Mark L. Fuerst, Food & Fitness Advisor

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!