What is Orthotics Services?

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.

Who is it for?

Orthotists provide treatment for persons with the following conditions:

  • Diabetes – prevention and reduction of ulceration rates and amputation;
  • Arthritis – pain management and accommodation of foot deformities;
  • Stroke and other neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral ;palsy;
  • Chronic Obesity – often leading to Type 2 diabetes and musculoskeletal problems;
  • Cancer – managing the side effects of chemotherapy (peripheral neuropathy); Cardiovascular, including peripheral disease – effects of poor circulation; Degenerative conditions – rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis;
  • Congenital conditions - spina bifida;
  • Spinal cord injury and scoliosis;
  • Complications of viral infections such as polio;
  • Common musculo-skeletal conditions and sports injuries - maintaining mobility and returning people to work sooner
  • Treatment of the frail and elderly such as falls prevention
  • Adult learning disability Adults With learning disabilities.

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


Clinics Locations

Clinics are provided by a regional team of 8 Orthotist staff who cover clinics at:

  • Altnagelvin Hospital on Wednesdays and every other Friday,
  • South West Acute Hospital every Monday,
  • Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex every Friday.

Contact Us

  • Altnagelvin Hospital Tel: (028) 71611147 – extension 214635
  • South West Acute Hospital Tel: (028) 66382057 – extension 252471
  • Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex Tel: (028) 82833193 – extension 237391

Further Information/Resources

Orthotics Department Advice Leaflet

Choosing Footwear Advice Leaflet

Ankle Foot Orthosis

Insoles Advice

Supplier catalogues

AFO Fitting Video

Transfer patterns