The medical definition of Orthotics: "Orthotics is a branch of mechanical and medical science that deals with the support and bracing of weak or ineffective joints or muscles (Webster's dictionary).
What are "Foot Orthotics"? Webster's dictionary definition: "A support, brace, or splint used to support, align, prevent, or correct for the dysfunction or function of movable parts of the foot."
Shoe inserts are orthotics that are intended to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern, by altering slightly the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface.
If you have ever worn custom orthotics or you are seeking a solution for improving foot health, improving running performance, recovering from running related injuries, we recommend Barefoot Science "Non-Othotic" Insoles.
Based upon our research of over 400 men, women, and youths ages 7 to 75, we found it astonishing that over 99% of those assessed have never performed exercises to strengthen their feet - contributing to weak, flat feet, and collapsing arches. This is leading cause for needing traditional orthotics and corrective shoes.
Wearing traditional orthotics is like wearing a cast on the bottoms of your feet, designed to meet the needs of weak, dysfunctional feet. If you have ever worn a cast on any part of your body, you know how weak the muscles get after just 6 to 8 weeks. Imagine how weak the feet get after 10 months or 10 years wearing orthotics."
Zig Ziegler, The Sports Kinesiologist