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

Definition of orthotic

: a device (such as a brace or splint) for supporting, immobilizing, or treating muscles, joints, or skeletal parts which are weak, ineffective, deformed, or injured

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Today, inside the orthotics/prosthetics laboratory, aspiring technicians are giving mother nature a run for her money. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "In JJC program, students learn to blend science and art into gift of mobility," 7 Apr. 2018 Baldwin’s kicks may or may not have been inspired by grandpa’s orthotics, but her shirt was without a doubt borrowed from the boys. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Every It-Girl Is Wearing These $850 Sneakers—Including Hailey Baldwin," 11 Jan. 2018 Podiatrists can prescribe orthotics, treat ingrown toenails, provide diabetic foot care and perform surgical procedures such as bunionectomies and hammertoe repair. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Some common causes for aching feet and how to treat them," 21 Oct. 2017 Pants will have Velcro closures and magnetic flies and zippers, as well as adjusted leg openings and hems that accommodate leg braces and orthotics. Stephanie Hoi-nga Wong, Bloomberg.com, "Tommy Hilfiger Expands Fashion Line for People With Disabilities," 17 Oct. 2017 Students were tasked with designing foot orthotics that would help patients improve their mobility. Kelly Mcbride, Cincinnati.com, "Students make strides in project-based learning," 15 Sep. 2017 Presque Isle Medical Technologies offers comprehensive care in orthotics, prosthetics and complex rehabilitation. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland.com, "True love lasts in Lyndhurst: Sun Messages," 18 Aug. 2017 Shamet said orthotics help correct how his body distributes the weight on his feet. By Paul Suellentrop, kansascity, "Wichita State basketball player Landry Shamet to have foot surgery," 29 July 2017 Hers was made by OrthoPets in Colorado, one of the biggest manufacturers of animal prostheses and orthotics in the country. Stacey Delikat, Fox News, "Prosthetic limbs offering pets a new 'leash' on life," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of orthotic

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orthotic

New Latin orthosis

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

Medical Definition of orthotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to orthotics orthotic research
2 : designed for the support of weak or ineffective joints or muscles orthotic devices orthotic shoe inserts



Medical Definition of orthotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device (such as a brace or splint) for supporting, immobilizing, or treating muscles, joints, or skeletal parts which are weak, ineffective, deformed, or injured

called also orthosis

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