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Confuse about what exactly is orthotic

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

Is that a foodbed, insole, something additional to a custom insole/footbed?

 

footbed and orthotic appear separated in the boot fitting glossary and terms, but they both look similar to me.

 

Anyone care to clarify? th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #2 of 4

the term orthotics doesn't really exist it is a bastardisation of the term orthoses, the term is either orthoses or orthotic inserts, they are basically a support for a part of the body.... so a chair is an orthotic support as is a shoe

 

in fitting terms the footbed/orthotic /insole is the same thing to all intents and purposes, just a different way of describing or naming it

 

a layman may talk about insoles

a boot fitter  may talk about footbeds 

a podiatrist/pedorthist will talk about foot orthoses

if you want to confuse the issue you might talk about orthotic footbeds

 

in different cases the outcome will be the same or different, a simple insole or sock liner as supplied with the boot, a semi rigid footbed/sports orthoses such as instaprint, superfeet, conformable, or a rigid corrective orthotic device as prescribed by a doctor and cast from carbon or rigid plastic at a manufacturing facility 

 

 

not sure if that makes it any clearer

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the explanation! That makes total sense!

post #4 of 4
here,Here!

Orthotic, Orthotic, Orthotic! Yeah - said it!

Also, Orthoses can be braces anywhere on the body. Sprained wrist-hand orthoses. Stick w 9ustom footbed. Safe....
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