Orthotics

P1040017We are able to provide specialised orthotics, gait analysis and biomechanics to provide the most comprehensive orthotic technology for our clients.

An orthotist is a Health Professions Council registered clinician trained in anatomy, physiology, gait analysis, and biomechanics of the whole body. Orthotists specialise in the diagnosis of a wide range of movement abnormality and the management of these conditions with the use of orthoses.

Orthoses are non-invasive devices that are worn externally by the patient to support or protect an area of the body. They are designed to improve function and/or reduce pain and discomfort. Pace has experienced orthotic clinicians who are experts in the assessment, supply and fitting of orthotic equipment. We provide lower and upper limb braces, spinal braces, bespoke or adapted footwear and foot orthoses.

At Pace our objective is to provide the most comprehensive assistive technology for our clients. We always aim to stay abreast of developments and work closely with leading manufacturers to source and develop the best technology. Our multi-disciplinary team is available where necessary to be part of a solution that goes beyond just the provision of the orthosis itself, such as teaching a patient how to correct movement habits once a new orthoses is provided.

Biomechanical Examination

The basis for any orthotic treatment is a full biomechanical examination. This evaluates the entire “kinetic chain” of your body; examining the angular relationships and the dynamic interactions that occur during movement between body segments.

Examination of:

  • Gait analysis
  • Pressure analysis
  • Foot/ankle range of motion and alignment
  • Knee range of motion and stability
  • Hip joint range of motion
  • Muscular strength is tested and graded
  • Spinal and pelvic alignment

Gait/Motion analysis

The patient’s biomechanics in motion are analysed. Initially, this simply involves watching the motion during walking on the floor, with the Orthotist making judgments about the gait pattern. The patient’s movement, walking and running is then analysed on a treadmill with a digital video camera from the rear view. The digital camera allows for slow motion analysis of specific points in the gait cycle.

Following physical assessment and identification of movement abnormality, the orthotist will prescribe an appropriate orthosis. The majority of orthoses provided at Pace are custom made. To produce a custom made orthosis a plaster mould is taken of the body to ensure an optimal result in terms of comfort, function and cosmesis.

All of our clinicians are fully qualified professionals, registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) www.hpc-uk.org and members of the British Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics (BAPO). We adhere to a strict code of conduct and ethics as laid down by BAPO. The clinical needs of our clients are our first priority.