Definitions for orthoticsɔrˈθɒt ɪks
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The design, manufacture and installation of orthopedic appliances to support, straighten or improve the function of a body part
Orthotics is a specialty within the medical field concerned with the design, manufacture and application of orthoses. An orthosis is "an externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system". An orthosis may be used to: ⁕Control, guide, limit and/or immobilize an extremity, joint or body segment for a particular reason ⁕To restrict movement in a given direction ⁕To assist movement generally ⁕To reduce weight bearing forces for a particular purpose ⁕To aid rehabilitation from fractures after the removal of a cast ⁕To otherwise correct the shape and/or function of the body, to provide easier movement capability or reduce pain Orthotics combines knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, biomechanics and engineering. Patients benefiting from an orthosis may have a condition such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy, or have experienced a spinal cord injury or stroke. Equally, orthoses are sometimes used prophylactically or to optimise performance in sport.
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While I do think that there may be some role for hormone replacement therapy or shoe inserts for active individuals in a preventative or treatment sense for these problems, someone who is interested in pursuing one of these treatments should consider speaking to an orthopaedic surgeon or to his or her doctor, for instance, people have different anatomy of their feet, such as high arches or flat feet, and might benefit from shoe inserts or orthotics, while others might not.
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