Guess what, the word orthopedics doesn't just apply to shoes. And he was wearing a pair of shoes without orthopaedics for this 84-year-old. A branch of medicine dedicated to the study and care of the muscular and skeletal systems. The word orthopedic comes from the Greek orthos meaning straight, correct and paideia which means raising children.
The term was originally used for children and the type of treatment they received for skeletal deformities such as bowed legs or knocked knees. An orthopedic shoe is one that is supposed to help correct deformed bones and support weakened muscles of a foot. Both “orthopedics” and “orthopedics” are derived from orthopedics, a French term coined by seventeenth-century physician Nicholas Andry de Bois-Regard. The term used by Andry himself is derived from the Greek words θ (ortho), which means “right” or “straight”, and παćδ (paidion), which means “child”.
As etymology implies, orthopedics, or what we now know as orthopedics, was first practiced as a way to treat childhood spinal deformities such as polio or scoliosis. Of course, modern orthopedics has grown to encompass a wide range of treatments, as well as expand its focus to include all age groups. Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that focuses on the care of the musculoskeletal system. This system is made up of muscles and bones, as well as joints, ligaments and tendons.
In short, there is no difference between “orthopedics” and “orthopedics”, at least not in terms of meaning.