Orthotics involves the application of external devices (orthoses) to support patients suffering with nerve damage, muscle weakness or joint pain.

Our orthotics specialists at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals treat both adults and children and provide expert assessment, diagnosis and non-surgical treatment for a range of neuromuscular disorders and musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • cerebral palsy
  • common musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritic diseases
  • polio
  • sports injuries
  • stroke
  • multiple sclerosis

Experts in orthotic devices

We offer gait analysis and the application of custom orthotic devices to support and improve posture, function and mobility, as well as reduce pain.

We design, manufacture and provide a comprehensive range of orthoses including:

  • ankle foot orthotics (AFOs)
  • braces/spinal supports
  • callipers
  • knee ankle foot orthoses (KAFOs)
  • orthotic shoes
  • prescription insoles
  • upper limb orthoses

For patients that require further support, we also have specialist teams in elderly care, rheumatology, pain medicine and physiotherapy.

Doctor consulting patient on custom orthotic insoles in a clinic for a personalised custom fit.

Benefits of custom orthotics

Our orthotics specialists will conduct an initial biomechanical assessment to get a full view of your bone, muscle and joint conditions. This is used to engineer bespoke orthotics for you.

An orthoses can encompass any part of the body, although the majority of work undertaken is concerned with the lower limbs such as knee, ankle and foot orthoses.

Orthoses have a variety of functions. Some of the potential benefits include:

  • improved mobility
  • limb deformity correction
  • maintaining function and alignment
  • protecting joints
  • redistributing weight in a limb
  • reduced pain
  • supporting weak muscles
  • treating abnormal muscle tone
Woman with orthosis working with physical therapist

Discover our orthotics experts

Our orthotics specialists work closely with a number of other clinical specialties including diabetes care, elderly medicine, neurology, orthopaedics, paediatrics, stroke and trauma teams providing high quality, comprehensive care for all our patients