You will have been referred to our orthotist by your GP, consultant or other healthcare professional for an assessment. You will usually be assessed statically (seated or lying down) or dynamically (standing and/or walking).
As the orthotist will need to see the affected limb or area it is helpful to wear or bring appropriate clothing.
For example, with foot and ankle problems it is useful to come in trousers which can be easily rolled up, shorts or a skirt, and a pair of trainers or sensible shoes with a lace, velcro or buckle fastening. For knee problems it would be useful to bring shorts.
Remember to check your appointment letter for anything specific you have been asked to take with you.
In addition, it would be helpful if you could bring the following:
- Your full address and telephone number(s)
- Your appointment card and appointment letter.
- Your GP’s name and address.
- Money to pay for any prescriptions, or an exemption card.
- A list of questions you may want to ask your consultant.
- Advice on management of your problem and choices of treatment to suit you will be explained in detail.
- Exercise & rehabilitation programmes may be given if required, information and exercise sheets will also be provided.
- Supports may be fitted to suit you if appropriate.
- We are part of a multidisciplinary team and may refer you to other services such as Physiotherapy or Occupational therapy where appropriate & with your agreement.
When will I receive my orthosis?
Most clinics carry a small number of orthoses in stock which can be provided at your initial appointment.
Some items may prescribed and supplied on the day. Custom made items will be measured for at your initial appointment and fitted at follow up appointments.