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What is Orthotics?

Orthotists are registered healthcare professionals, who specialise in the assessment of the whole body for biomechanical problems and if appropriate may prescribe, measure, fit, or review, an Orthosis.

An Orthosis is an externally applied device. It may also be called a ‘brace’, or ‘splint’. Therapeutic footwear may also be used as an Orthosis.

The purpose and design of an Orthosis may change over time along with the changing needs of the patient.

In our Orthotic department, we also have Orthotic assistants who specialise in measuring/fitting and supplying hernia supports and specialist compression garments.


What is Prosthetics and Orthotics?

What does an Orthotic Clinical Assistant Do?

What does an Orthotist Do?

What does a Senior Orthotist Do?



Please see photographs below displaying different types of Orthotic devices. 

Or watch our instruction videos.



 AFO (Ankle Foot Orthoses)

AFO fit




Footwear and Caliper

Prescription Footwear


 Wrist Hand Orthosis (WHO)

Knee Orthosis


Shape Capture for a custom made device.

Orthoses can be pre-made and may be customised to fit you or may need to be custom made to fit your specific shape if needed.

If you require a custom made device, you may require measurement/ casting/ scanning of specified body part at your initial assessment.

Scans are carried out using our own portable scanners and are very quick and simple to carry out.

Casts are taken in clinic; they are simply for shape capture and are removed within a few minutes.

You can see a picture below of the equipment which may be used during your appointment.

Last Updated: 02 September 2021