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.

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

The orthotics admin team handle all appointment queries and are based at:

One Life
Linthorpe Road
Tel: 01642 944747

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 at James Cook are unable to help with these requests.

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 944747 or email orthotics.clinic@nhs.net

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