Orthotics are devices that support a specific body part, such as a brace for your knee or wrist, or an insert for your shoe. Prosthetics are devices that replace a body part. This could be an artificial leg after an amputation or a bionic arm for someone who was born without hands.
What kinds of orthotic tools are there?
Orthotic insole are extra supports that go inside your shoes. They might help relieve pain and prevent sores.
Braces and Splints
There are many types of devices that support your body to move more safely. Splints stabilize and protect your joints. They can be small, like ring splints for your fingers. They can be large, like a back brace.
Ankle foot orthotics, or AFOs, are one common type of brace used to support joint alignment and muscle weakness. They might be prescribed for a person with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or a stroke.
Kinesthetic tape, or KT tape, is an alternative to bracing. It may help provide support and stability to joints. A physical therapist will show you how to apply the tape the right way.
Doctors can help you decide whether a prosthetic limb is a good option for your body.