What are Orthotics?

An orthotic is an insole or foot-support device. Orthotics can provide support for an injured foot or slight Orthoticsimbalances. Through postural correction, orthotics can help reduce fatigue and promote efficient muscle function, which in turn enhances performance.

How do I know if my child needs orthotics?

Pain and discomfort in the foot is often a sign of misalignment of the foot. If you notice that your child has low arches in the mid-foot area, if his ankle turns in or out too easily or if he often experiences foot fatigue, he may be a candidate for orthotics.

How will my child’s foot misalignment progress if he is not treated with orthotics?

The foot contains 26 bones, up to two sesamoid bones, and many small structures which help support and facilitate alignment in the spine and body. If, for example, your child has a collapsed arch, this can greatly affect his posture and can potentially lead to back pain, scoliosis and other disorders. It is important to correct misalignments in the foot as early as possible in order to prevent these debilitating consequences.

How can orthotics help my child’s foot?

Orthotics can be used to help reduce foot drop, promote proper muscle and spine alignment, improve balance and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. They can be rigid, soft, semi-rigid, proprioceptive or calibrated specifically for your child’s foot.

Our approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy

At North Shore Pediatric Therapy, we use a whole-body approach to help meet your child’s orthotic needs. Our experienced physical therapist will assess your child’s foot, as well as the rest of the body, to help correct the problem. We measure your child’s feet for orthotics, and if a custom orthotic is needed, we refer to a local clinic where the casting to fit a custom orthotic can be completed. We also formulate a home exercise program to ensure that all stretches and exercises your child learns in our facility will be accessible to him in every environment.

Client Reviews (5)

My daughter who is now 1.5 years old and she started physical therapy when she was 6 months old and was discharged at 1 years old. We was reevaluated and needed therapy a few months later, and that’s when we met Marcy. She was very professional and compassionate towards my daughter. In the beginning hannah was very fearful of leaving my hands and had many meltdowns, a few weeks later hannah was eagerly jumping into Marcy hands. It only took a few months for hannah to come walking out to me in the office and it was a dream! Hannah is now meeting with devorah for speech and she’s absolutely great with it. I’ve recommend this place to friends and neighbors because hoe fantastic the staff and services are. Very highly impressed!


Our daughter saw Sarah Friedman in Glenview (now in Lincolnwood) for gross motor delay. Through our time with Sarah, she made tremendous progress. Sarah worked hard to keep our baby happy during sessions and cheered with us when she did her first roll and her first independent sitting session. We are so grateful for Sarah’s expertise and encouraging support. We still email her with questions and she happily responds. We highly recommend Sarah and the PT at NSPT!

Matt Galin

Flexible, professional and always encouraging our daughter to reach to levels at all times. Updated information on performance reviews and adjustments to therapy goals.


My son (now 4) has only been receiving physical therapy at North Shore Pediatric Therapy for about a month, but already we are seeing so much progress. My son took to his therapist immediately and so he views his sessions as a highlight of his week; his time to play with Miss Sarah is always a joy. He had trouble hopping, balancing, etc… and now he is gaining so much more strength and confidence in his own abilities. My son also has Type 1 Diabetes and I always know he is in good hands as Sarah is well versed in diabetes care and always asks about his blood sugar before his sessions. Thank you!

Jennifer N

Andrea is a wonderful Physical Therapist! Her work with our son is always engaging and fun for him. She is always very helpful with things we can do at home to help him improve and the exercises she does with him, he thinks are games, so he is more willing to do them more often. I’m so glad she is working with him, it is easy to see the improvements over a short period of time!