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Foot and Ankle

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Orthotics

Orthotics is concerned with the design, development, fitting and manufacturing of devices that support or correct musculoskeletal deformities and abnormalities of the human body.

Foot orthotics allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential.

If used appropriately, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip and lower back. They can also increase stability in an unstable joint, prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems, and improve overall quality of life. However, the improvement is only felt when you are using the orthotic.