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Orthotics

orthoticsThe orthotics team provides devices for children and young people to be worn externally (orthoses) such as splints, insoles, spinal braces, Lycra garments and specialised footwear.

We work with Alder Hey patients and at special centres around the Merseyside area, and we take referrals from all over the country for specialist Orthotics treatments.

We run outpatient clinics every weekday in our new orthotics department, located on the Alder Hey site, a short distance from the Emergency Department entrance to the main hospital.

Conditions we treat

Orthoses assist in the treatment and management of many conditions including:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Scoliosis Bracing, using the latest Digital technology.
  • Spina bifida
  • Limb reconstruction
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI)
  • Talipes (club foot)
  • Developmental dislocation of the hip
  • Foot disorders

We work closely with doctors, physiotherapists and other clinicians who believe a device could be fitted to assist their patient.

What happens at an orthotics appointment?

Your child will see a specialised peadiatric orthotist who will assess them and advise on the most suitable device.

After the assessment we take measurements or casts to provide accurately fitting devices for each individual patient.

Many orthoses need to be specially made so further fitting appointments will be necessary. Our expert technicians can do this on site.

A limited number of devices are kept in stock and can be fitted to patients immediately. This saves having to make a second journey to have it fitted.

Referrals come from our consultants; GPs and other health professionals.

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