A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into its most anatomically efficient position. Orthotics are similar to insoles, but with specialized biomechanical abilities that are custom made to try and correct specific foot imbalances. You can think of custom orthotics like eye glasses - they reduce stress and strain by bringing feet back into proper alignment. Custom orthotics fit into shoes as comfortably as an insole, as they are made from moulds of your own feet.
Orthotics are commonly recommended for anyone experiencing localized foot pain, plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toes, arch or heal pain, shin splints, runners knee, IT band syndrome and even hip and lower back pain. They are often covered as a benefit under extended health insurance plans.