Orthotists are allied health professionals trained to assess for and prescribe, external devices worn on the body. Orthoses are issued for a number of different reasons including: to accommodate deformity, alleviate pain, improve gait, and prevent ulceration. Some of the orthoses we commonly prescribe include:
- Orthotic footwear
- Ankle-foot-orthoses (AFOs)
- Knee-ankle-foot-orthoses (KAFOs)
- Spinal braces
- Knee braces
- Wrist splints
The Orthotic Department also provides wigs to patients suffering with hair-loss.
We are based at Bradford Royal Infirmary and serve the communities of Bradford and surrounding districts. We accept referrals from GPs, consultants, wards and allied-health professionals.
At your first appointment, you will be seen by an orthotist who will assess if you need an orthosis. Your gait (walking) may be observed and the troublesome body part may be examined. Measures, casts or 3D-scans may be taken of the affected body part may be taken and a treatment plan established.
Always bring any previous orthoses with you to your appointment.
You will then often be given a follow-up appointment to fit or review any prescribed orthoses. If you are still growing, or we expect your condition to change, you will be reviewed regularly by the orthotic team. If your condition is stable, you will be given information on how to access repeat orthotic prescriptions and placed on patient-initiated-follow-up once your treatment is complete. This allows you to access the department for review if you have any issues before you are discharged.
Orthoses commonly require tuning and small modifications. If your orthosis is painful or causing rubs, please stop wearing it and contact the department on: 01274 365229.