To help control discomfort in your feet, your podiatrist may prescribe Orthoses or Orthotics (custom molded shoe inserts). The orthotic may relieve your symptoms, simply by controlling the way your feet move, stopping strain. By limiting the swing of your heel, orthoses control the amount your foot flattens. The stress of weight bearing is better distributed throughout your foot, reducing strain on soft tissue and joints. Existing bone or soft tissue changes may not disappear, but orthotics can help reduce or eliminate your foot pain. Unlike shoe inserts bought in a store, prescription orthoses are built to meet the unique needs of your feet.