Orthotics

Orthotics is concerned with the design and fitting of supportive braces and splints to patients who because of muscle weakness or deformity have disabling conditions of the limbs or spine.

The patient may have been born with a deformity or may have developed a problem later in their life. The splint may only need to be worn temporarily, perhaps after an accident or an operation, or permanently if the weakness or deformity cannot be corrected. Below is a list of Orthoses that may be recommended for you.

  • Shoes
  • Calipers or splints
  • Knee braces
  • Back support
  • Wrist braces
  • Support hosiery

The health benefits of orthoses can include:

  • Improve independence
  • Improved mobility
  • Pressure relief
  • Pain relief
  • Reduced ulceration
What to expect at my orthotist appointment 

 

Contact information

From Wednesday 7 June the ORTHOTICS ADMIN SUPPORT will move out of the Rehabilitation Centre.
The team will be based at:
One Life
Linthorpe Road
Middlesbrough
Tel: 01642 737804

Any appointment queries need to be redirected to the team at One Life.

There is a free car park to the rear of the building and two hours free parking on Linthorpe Road at the front of the building. The number 63 bus stops outside.

Any orthotics for adaption or repair need to be delivered to One Life, unfortunately the reception team in the Rehabilitation Centre are unable to help.

Clinics remain unchanged and will run as normal from all the previous clinical locations.

Frequently asked questions:

  • What orthoses will I be entitled to? –  You will be assessed at your orthotic appointment, where it will be determined if an orthoses is clinically necessary for your health.  Please see our entitlements section for further details.
  • When may I have to pay for othoses?Some orthoses, for example a fabric back support, spinal corsets and stockings carry a prescription charge which you will need to pay.
  • Who repairs my orthoses if they are damaged or broken?This depends entirely upon the orthoses you use. For shoes and insoles please click here. If your orthoses is made to measure for you, the orthotics department would arrange repair or replacement in the event it is damaged or broken.
  • I am unable to attend my orthotist appointment, what should I do?If you are unable to attend your appointment it is important that you inform the orthotics department as soon as you possibly can.  You can contact the department by calling 01642 854497 or email orthotics.clinic@nhs.net

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