Orthotics offer relief for painful foot problems, especially for those who must walk or stand excessively while at work, or in everyday activities. Orthotics help to maintain the normal positioning of the bones in the foot, as well as the joints in the ankles, knees and toe alignment. Not to be confused with shoe inserts that can be purchased at a drug store, custom orthotics can only be prescribed by a medical professional. There is no such thing as a “one size fits all solution” for foot pain. The medical professional will examine your feet, your gait, your pronation, and perform an analysis of any pain you may be experiencing.