Can problems be prevented or corrected with the use of an orthotic?

Yes. If the problem is caught early enough (bad mechanics with or without pain), it can often be prevented, but the key is that the problem needs to be found before it becomes a problem. That means getting an evaluation before you have pain. By correcting bad mechanics, we are often able to alleviate pain and cause changes in foot mechanics in people with existing problems. You will often be given stretches and exercises to do, along with any other therapy you may need.