Orthotic devices - or ‘orthoses’ - are medical devices customised to support muscles, correct posture or gait, or protect parts of the body from further injury. People living with muscular, neurological or skeletal disabilities or injuries often require orthotic support.
Orthotics can be used to manage acute injuries such as spinal fractures or to enhance surgical care e.g. with post-operative bracing. Items like custom sports guards can help prevent further injury, while custom leg braces can help people be as independent as possible.
Where orthotics can help
Common conditions managed with orthotic care include: stroke, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, diabetic foot wounds, spinal injuries or deformities, nerve injuries, fractures, dislocating joints, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents and workplace injuries.
Types of orthoses
Orthoses are normally either pre-fabricated (off-the-shelf devices that are quick and simple to use, most often for conditions that are temporary or mild); customised (pre-fabricated components that are adjusted and fitted to maximise benefits and meet the individual requirements of the client); or custom (made-to-measure, these orthoses are used for more serious injuries or long-term disabilities, or where a prefabricated device is not suitable.
Our orthotists will recommend the best option for you, taking into account your injury or disability, lifestyle, age, size, weight and activity level.
As an extension to our orthotics service, we conduct regular custom footwear clinics, which allow us to deliver more complete care for clients with severe foot deformities who are not able to use standard footwear.