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What are orthotics?

Orthotics can be an integral part of patient care plan when prescribed by health care providers for the management of foot conditions and musculoskeletal symptomatology. Orthotics and orthopedic shoes provide extra protection and support to affected feet and improve balance and stability while walking and standing.


The orthotics can help to alleviate pain and discomfort from abnormal foot function which  may affect a person’s kinetic chain, including legs, knees, hips and spine.


Your health care provider will discuss the necessity and any recommendations for the prescription and use of orthotics.

The orthotic device can be discretely inserted into the shoe to support, align, prevent and/or accommodate foot abnormalities and improve how the foot functions. They are designed to fit securely, allowing the feet and toes to breathe while providing maximum flexibility.


At NWHC Dr. Kristina Peterson performs the foot examination and gait analysis to determine if orthotics are necessary.

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