Orthotics is the application of external devices to a part of the body to either maintain or alter the position of a joint or body part. They are most commonly used to reduce pain and discomfort, improve mobility and function, and to reduce risk of further injury.

There is a very wide variety of conditions that may require the use of an orthosis, and they can be fitted to almost any part of the body, from the feet all the way up to the face and head. You might require an orthosis if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Sports injury
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • General foot/ankle pain
  • Tendon or Ligament injury
  • Fracture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • And many others

  • Diabetes
  • Talipes Equinovarus (clubfoot)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Polio
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Depending on your needs you may be fitted with an orthosis that is custom made for you, or one that is produce to fit a range of people (your Orthotist will discuss this with you and agree the best solution). An orthotic device may also be called a brace or a splint, and there are many different types. Please follow the links below for more information on each type of orthosis:

  • Insoles
  • Orthopaedic footwear
  • Shoe adaptations including rocker soles and raises
  • Ankle-foot orthoses (AFO, ankle braces)
  • Knee orthoses (knee braces)
  • Knee-ankle-foot orthoses (KAFO)
  • Hip orthoses
  • Advance Reciprocating gait orthoses (ARGO
  • Spinal orthoses including neck braces
  • Wrist-hand orthoses
  • Elbow and shoulder orthoses
  • Elbow and shoulder orthoses