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Orthotics is a service that provides devices called Orthoses. An orthosis is a device that is externally fitted to any part of the body to provide support, protection and restriction of joint movement on parts of the body that is weakened by defect, disease or injury.

The service is provided by Orthotists who are autonomous registered practitioners who provide gait analysis and engineering solutions to 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 qualifications make them competent to design and provide orthoses that modify the structural or functional characteristics of the patients’ neuro-muscular and skeletal systems enabling patients to mobilise, eliminate gait deviations, reduce falls, reduce pain, prevent and facilitate healing of ulcers. They are also qualified to modify CE marked Orthoses or componentry taking responsibility for the impact of any changes. They treat patients with a wide range of conditions including Diabetes, Arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Spina Bifida, Scoliosis, MSK, sports injuries and trauma. Whilst they often work as autonomous practitioners they increasingly often form part of multidisciplinary teams such as within the diabetic foot team or neuro-rehabilitation team.

Orthotic Treatments may include:

  • Advice
  • Functional Foot Orthoses (insoles) or Total Contact Insoles
  • Callipers or splints (AFOs)
  • Knee braces
  • Spinal supports/corsets
  • Footwear and footwear adaptation
  • Support hosiery
Further Resources

Orthotics Department Advice Leaflet

Choosing Footwear Advice Leaflet

Ankle Foot Orthosis

Insoles Advice

Supplier catalogues

Transfer patterns

AFO Fitting Video

Locations where this service is delivered


Altnagelvin Orthotic Service

Call us(028) 71611147 – extension 214635

South West Acute Hospital Orthotics Service

Call us(028) 66382057 – extension 252471