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What we do

The orthotics service specialises in providing orthoses. An orthosis is an externally fitted device that supports and enhances an impaired or problematic area of the body. The orthosis is applied to the required area to help in improving comfort and function.

What is an orthosis?

Common examples of orthoses include orthopaedic footwear, insoles, drop foot splints, callipers, wrist supports, back supports, knee braces. All parts of the body can be prescribed an orthosis whether an ankle, knee, hip or leg, wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck or back.  

An orthosis can be worn temporarily until the condition has improved or permanently if the condition is unchanging.

Some orthoses are pre-manufactured and others are made to fit you by specialist manufacturers. Using orthosis is termed conservative treatment and does not involve surgery.

Contact details

Orthotics department
Zone B, Bristol Royal Infirmary - Location B101
Bristol BS2 8HW
Tel: 0117 34 21586
Fax: 0117 34 22285