or·​thot·​ics ȯr-ˈthä-tiks How to pronounce orthotics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a branch of mechanical and medical science that deals with the design and fitting of orthoses

Examples of orthotics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, custom orthotics aren’t always a financially-feasible option. Sarah Bradley, Verywell Health, 3 Feb. 2023 Insoles and orthotics come in a wide range of prices. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2023 Custom orthotics are always more expensive—sometimes significantly so—than off-the-rack insoles. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 3 Jan. 2023 Now, the inserts have morphed from monstrosities resembling orthotics for Andre the Giant into a sleek, small form. Gregory Mone, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2013 That marked the birth of the War Victims Fund, a practical way of aiding people like the kid in Honduras, replacing their crude crutches and makeshift artificial limbs with modern prosthetics, orthotics, and wheelchairs. George Black, The New Republic, 19 Dec. 2022 Another great pick for those with plantar fasciitis, these orthotics by Walkomfy provide a unique, ergonomic, U-shaped design that provides a ton of stability and keeps the base of your foot aligned. Nikhita Mahtani, SELF, 13 Oct. 2022 But plantar fasciitis is the number one reason custom orthotics are prescribed and worn, says Yolanda Ragland, DPM, a podiatrist and founder of Fix Your Feet in New York City. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 26 July 2022 Severe overpronators should talk to a podiatrist about custom orthotics. Outside Online, 17 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of orthotics was in 1957

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“Orthotics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthotics. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


noun, plural in form but singular in construction
or·​thot·​ics -iks How to pronounce orthotics (audio)
: a branch of mechanical and medical science that deals with the design and fitting of orthoses
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