The orthotic prescription is customized to the patients needs. The contours of the plate can be modified to enhance control. Two such modifications are; Inverted technique and the Kirby skive. Rearfoot and forefoot posts may provide additional control and correct for positional abnormalities. Orthotics may be customized for certain types of shoes or particular activities.

The examples below are not exhaustive, they simply illustrate some common examples of orthotic types.

standard1a_internet This is a standard polypropylene orthotic with a vinyl top cover and a rearfoot post made of EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate). It is metatarsal length, extending to just behind the ball of the foot.
Orthotic_with_puff_cover1_internet This is an orthotic cut for dress shoes with low heel height. It is similar to the standard orthotic above, but is cut more narrow with a lower bulk rearfoot post.
slimline1_internet This is an orthotic cut for dress shoes with low heel height. It is similar to the standard orthotic above, but is cut more narrow with a lower bulk rearfoot post.
cobra1_internet This orthotic is for high heeled dress shoes. Women who must wear this type of shoe, can do so with greater comfort.
sports3_internet This is a sports orthotic. It is often cut wider and made of more flexible plastics or carbon-fiber composite material. Orthotics are sometimes customized for particular sports such as court sports, running, basketball, skiing, etc.
gait_plate1_internet This is a gait plate. It is made for young children with structural foot abnormalities.
Orthotic_with_2-5_bar3_internet This illustrates an orthotic with a rearfoot post, a forefoot post, and a full-length top cover. The plate is made of a copolymer which provides increased flexibility and shock absorption. This orthotic is for a patient with a high-arched foot.
mold_internet This is a orthotic mold. It is soft and flexible, and extends full-length. It is appropriate for certain high-arched feet, and elderly patients or those with advanced arthritis.
tri-density_internet This orthotic incorporates three layers of different materials which together help to cushion and accommodate for painful areas and calluses. It is for the high-risk or deformed foot. We often prescribe this for diabetics.