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

Examples of orthotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other things to consider are gel foot beds and removable orthotics made of breathable materials. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Know Before You Buy Your Next Pair Of Cowboy Boots," 12 May 2020 His therapists sent us to a doctor on Long Island who makes special foot orthotics to give him extra support. New York Times, "How Early Intervention Changed My Son’s Life," 17 Apr. 2020 Oh, thank God, my shoe orthotics have finally arrived. Jancee Dunn, New York Times, "Your Cheatin’ Wallet," 14 Feb. 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, "Judith Butler Wants Us to Reshape Our Rage," 9 Feb. 2020 The plan covers Lasik surgery, smoking deterrents, orthotics, weight-control drugs and nutritional counseling, dentures and bridges, acupuncture and bariatric surgery for obesity if the patient meets specific medical guidelines. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: Retirees win ruling that Hartford violated judge’s order by changing medical plan, but without a contempt finding, did they win?," 2 Nov. 2019 Supportive taping and strapping can protect the foot from aggravating the plantar fasciitis even further — and orthotics can be especially helpful to wear at night to keep the foot in a flexed position and reduce pain in the morning. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "What is plantar fasciitis? And what can you do to relieve the pain?," 16 July 2019 Of course, changing the lacing can't solve every common running problem (things like shin splints and heel pain are generally better treated with orthotics inside the shoe and other methods, says Wachtel). Alexa Tucker, SELF, "6 Lacing Hacks to Make Your Running Shoes Way More Comfortable," 8 May 2019 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

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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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“Orthotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthotic. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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