Medical orthotist and prosthetist


Orthotics are special shoe or heel inserts a doctor prescribes that are custom-made specifically for you.

A doctor may prescribe orthotics to treat foot, leg, or back problems. Read on to discover the conditions orthotics can treat and how effective they can be.

Orthotics can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address various symptoms, usually having to do with pain and discomfort of the feet and legs. Some of the goals a doctor may have for orthotic treatment include:

  • correcting foot deformities
  • helping the foot or ankle function better
  • providing support to the ankle
  • reducing the risks for further injuries


Orthotics are more than just a heel pad or shoe insert you can buy at most athletic stores. They’re highly customized shoe or heel inserts made for your feet. Your doctor will only recommend an orthotic if an off-the-shelf device or other treatments, such as exercises at home, haven’t proven effective.


While prosthetics refers to the science of creating artificial body parts, the artificial parts themselves are called prosthesis. One piece is called a prosthesis, but multiple pieces are called prostheses. This term applies to any artificial limb regardless of whether it is an upper or lower limb.

  • above knee
  • through knee
  • below knee
  • partial hand
  • arms
  • partial foot


prosthetist also known as an orthotist is a trained health care professional that designs and measures medical supportive devices called prosthesis. A prosthesis is an artificial device that is used to replace a body part that may be missing, malfunctioning, or partially or completely damaged.

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