What are orthotics? A starter’s guide

Biocorrect, LLC


The term “orthotic device” actually refers to a very wide range of appliances that are designed to modify the structure or mechanics of any part of the body. This can run the gamut from neck and back braces to wrist orthoses to knee braces. Of course, one of the most commonly used types of orthotics are foot orthotics that are inserted into the insoles of shoes. It’s likely that when most people use the term “orthotics” in a general sense, they’re actually referring to foot orthotics. 

Orthotic insoles come in a wide variety of styles and can be custom-made on a prescription basis or purchased over the counter at a big-box retailer. People generally use them for reasons ranging from seeking increased comfort during a long day to addressing foot pain related to an injury. By having a better understanding of how foot orthotics can help with these and other issues, you can make a more informed decision if you are considering them for yourself.

What kinds of problems can foot orthotics address? 

People have all different kinds of foot structures and movement types. While for many people, these structural and mechanical differences don’t cause problems, for others it can lead to an increased risk of pain and injury. For example, people with lower or flat arches in the feet can be prone to excessive inward foot rotation with each step, also known as overpronation. 

This excess motion can cause the feet to work harder than they need to, causing foot pain and even the potential for ankle, knee and hip injuries. By providing arch support and other corrections, the right pair of orthotics can address this and offer relief for the wearer. Other foot problems that people seek orthotic insoles for include:

  • High arches
  • Supination, which is excessive outward foot motion
  • Plantar fasciitis, an injury affecting tissue in the bottom of the foot
  • Achilles tendinitis 

People even wear foot orthotics to find relief from knee pain, hip pain and back pain since foot mechanics can actually contribute to these issues. 

Biocorrect Custom Foot Orthotics can help you find relief 

Backed by more than 25 years of biomechanical expertise, Biocorrect Custom Foot Orthotics uses precision design and crafting to create high-quality orthotic insoles. Our options include fully custom, semi-custom and ready-made insoles that can address a wide range of structural and mechanical problems in the feet. 

For your convenience, we even offer fittings from the comfort of your own home that are made possible with our unique at-home moldable foam impression kit. Check out our full product line and order your pair today when you visit our online store.