Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The science that deals with the use of specialized mechanical devices to support or supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs.

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  • n. The design, manufacture and installation of orthopedic appliances to support, straighten or improve the function of a body part

Etymologies

From New Latin orthōsis, orthōt-, artificial support, brace, from Greek, a straightening, from orthoun, to straighten, from orthos, straight.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • So sensible lace-up shoes with orthotics is my lot!

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  • If you suffer from any of these problems, therapeutic shoe inserts called orthotics may be just the thing to put the spring back in your step.

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  • A new review shows that ankle and foot splints can help stroke patients regain the ability to walk and keep their balance, although splints - also called orthotics - offer less improvement for other activities, like climbing stairs.

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  • Repositioning the leg's alignment with custom-measured shoe inserts, called orthotics, sometimes helps.

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  • Supplemental health covers: dental, prescription, physiotherapy (called physical therapy in the US), chiropractic, massage, podiatry, travel vaccinations, medical equipment (such as orthotics), even acupuncture.

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  • These providers offer services in over 30 categories, including laboratories, dialysis centers, free-standing diagnostic imaging centers, non-hospital surgery centers, as well as durable medical equipment such as orthotics and prosthetics, and others.

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  • If you need to buy orthotics, a purse, socks, sunglasses, or even shoe laces, this would be the time to purchase.

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  • Proper orthotics provide cushioning and support and reduce a huge amount of strain from your whole body – not just your feet.

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  • His business is prosthetics and orthotics - the evaluation, fabrication and custom-fitting of artificial limbs and orthotic braces.

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  • How They Plan To Spend The Rest: Long-term recovery, including continued cholera prevention and treatment, prosthetics and orthotics assistance, hurricane preparedness and medical aid distribution.

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