Community orthotics

Orthotics can help in the treatment of a wide range of conditions including arthritis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and polio. Some of the potential benefits include:

  • support unstable and/or painful joints
  • reduce pain
  • compensate for weak and absent muscles
  • reduce risk of deformity
  • redistribute weight in a limb
  • improve circulation and reduce swelling

Our community orthotics service provides a range of orthoses including:

  • footwear
  • callipers
  • insoles
  • ankle foot orthoses
  • knee braces
  • spinal braces/supports
  • upper limb orthoses
  • compression garments

We specialise in custom-made orthoses.

An orthosis can be used on any part of the body. Most orthoses are concerned with lower limbs.

The community orthotics service is based at the Bowley Close Rehabilitation Centre. We work closely with the amputee rehabilitation service and the wheelchair specialist seating service.

Our service works closely with the diabetic foot clinic and neuro-rehabilitation teams at King's College Hospital.

We also run specialised orthotic clinics for children at Sunshine House and the Mary Sheridan Centre.

Our team is made up of:

  • a consultant
  • orthotists
  • technicians
  • physiotherapists

Chris Cody is our clinical lead orthotist.

Open review policy

Many patients do not need regular orthotics appointments, if their current orthotic prescription meets their needs.

For these patients, the open review policy lasts for 2 years. It allows you to contact the service directly and request repeat and/or replacement orders of your orthotic prescription without an appointment, provided your symptoms have not changed.

For patients who need a repair to their footwear orthotic prescription, please contact reception. Repairs can be carried out without the need for an appointment.

After 2 years of your prescription being repeated, or if your symptoms change, please contact us to arrange a review appointment.

Research and clinical trials

Research is vital to improving the care that you receive when you're unwell. You can help improve healthcare by taking part in research studies at our Trust. During your appointment, ask your healthcare professional about research. They'll be happy to tell you about research studies you could be eligible to join.

Last updated: August 2023

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