Custom Orthotics and Bracing

What is Orthotics?

Orthotic is the medical science that specializes in musculoskeletal assessment and the fabrication of supports and braces for weak and ineffective joints or muscles. Orthotics cover a wide range of products from custom fabricated arch supports (foot orthotics) to custom made braces (orthoses) for the ankle/foot joints, knee joint, back/neck and wrist/hand joints.

Who will benefit?

Orthoses are prescribed for both children and adults, for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Prevention and/or correction of a deformity
  • Relief of pain by limiting movement
  • Immboilization and protection of weak, painful or healing bones/joints/muscles
  • Reduction of stress on joints
  • Improvement of function
Common physical conditions requiring Orthotics
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Sore Feet
  • Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident
  • Repetitive Strain
  • Knee Injury
  • Muscle weakness
How do I get started?

Referrals Many health plans cover the services and products provided by a Certifed Orthotist and do not require a physican referral, however many physicians refer their patients for orthotics or orthoses which may result in their patient qualifying for government assistance through ADP program.

Who is a Certfied Orthotist?

Certifed Orthotists (CO) have undergraduate University Degree in a medical biomechanical field. This is followed by a 2 year specialty program in Prosthetics and Orthotics at George Brown College. Following a two year internship and successful completion of the Certification Exam the designation of Certified Orthotist is awarded. CO’s must maintain membership with the Canadian Board of Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists.

What can I expect?

All clients are individually assessed by a Certified Orthotist. This assessment includes muscle strength and joint range of motion testing, mobility testing and discussion about lifestyle choices and activities of daily living. This information along with the client’s goals and expectations help the Orthotist work with the individual to determine the most suitable orthotic device.

Most orthotics are custom made by taking a cast of the clients affected joint. Fabrication of braces is done on site (excluding custom knee braces) to provide optimum customer service.

In some cases, the Orthotist may be able to meet the client’s needs with an off-the-shelf orthotic device. These devices are prefabricated and may require some modifications in order to provide the client with maximum fit and benefit.