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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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 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

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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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