Bracing and Orthotics
Purpose and Function
Orthotics are primarily designed to correct improper body mechanics to reduce dysfunction and/or pain when this cannot be achieved naturally. This works by first causing the foot to adapt to the new surface the orthotic provides, followed by secondary reactions up along the kinetic chain that improve mechanics throughout the rest of the body. Knee braces may be used to correct alignment problems (Bow Leg or Knock Knee deformities).