What we do

What does an orthotist do?

An Orthotist is someone who is trained and professionally qualified to assess and fit an orthotic. This requires a degree in BS(c) Hons in Prosthetics and Orthotics which is 4 years in duration and includes a year placement in prosthetics and orthotics combined. Orthotists are trained at a specialist University so we have a better understanding of the biomechanics of the human body and which materials are best suited for which type of orthotics and take on board the patient’s clinical needs during our assessments.

Please note this service should not be confused with services offered by local pharmacies and shoe shops. This service will involve the patient being assessed by a qualified state registered orthotist who will then prescribe your orthotics specific to your needs and requirements.

What is an orthotic?

“An orthotic is an externally applied device that is used to help correct or prevent progression of a biomechanical deformity of the body”. Orthotic is singular and an orthoses is plural.

What types of orthotics are there?

There are hundreds of different type of orthotics and these are dependent on the type of problem you are trying to treat. This is why an orthotist should prescribe and fit an orthotic for you. 

Please see orthotics and medical conditions headers for more information.

What type of patients have to see an orthotist?

This can be anyone from a child as young as a few weeks old to someone who is nearing 100 years old and most often than not others including people from sports back ground, diabetic patients, Osteoarthritic and Rheumatoid arthritic patients and general members of the public. 

Professional sports players often use orthotics.

How do you see an Orthotist?

Patients are usually referred to an orthotist because they have a medical problem which requires an orthotic to help prevent progression or correct the deformity or injury of the body. The referral is usually sent from a G.P/Consultant or an allied health professional such as a physiotherapist. You can also self-refer yourself to be seen if you feel you have a specific issue that we can help with.

Our Aim and Mission statement is simple

“Do whatever possible to get the patient their orthotics without delay and assist them with their recovery process the best we can”.

Before and After Videos

Knee Hyperextension in a polio patient without orthotics
Knee hyperextension in a polio patient with a knee ankle foot orthotic (K.A.F.O)