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About Orthotics

About Orthotics

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What is Orthotics?

Orthotics is a service that provides devices called orthoses (also called braces and splints). These are given to help to prevent, correct or accommodate a deformity and/or improve function. This can be as a result of an injury, disorder or due to the way our bodies alter as we get older.

Orthoses fall into one of the following groups:

  • Shoes and insoles
  • Calipers and splints
  • Knee braces
  • Back supports
  • Wrist braces
  • Support hosiery
  • Collars
  • Hip supports
  • Shoulder supports
  • Ankle supports

Please use the link below to download the Orthotics Learning Board and find out more about the Orthotics Service.

Orthotics Learning Board (PDF, 1Mb)

What is an Orthotist?
Orthotists are autonomous registered Allied Health Practitioners who provide static and gait analysis to utilise engineering solutions for patients with problems of the neuro, muscular and skeletal systems. They are extensively trained at undergraduate level in mechanics, bio-mechanics, and material science along with anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.

Their degree qualifications make them competent to design and provide orthoses that modify the structural or functional characteristics of the patient’s neuro-muscular and skeletal systems enabling patients to mobilise, eliminate gait deviations, reduce falls, reduce pain, prevent and facilitate healing of ulcers. Whilst they often work as autonomous practitioners they increasingly often form part of multidisciplinary teams such as within the diabetic foot team or neuro-rerehabilitation team.

How Can I Get Referred to the Orthotics Service?
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust accepts referrals for orthotics from your G.P. one of our consultants or therapists and for our Cannock service we currently accept referrals from South Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership (SSOTP).
A Teaching Trust of the University of Birmingham