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An orthotist assesses, designs, prescribes, fits and monitors orthoses, commonly known as braces and splints, for people who are born with or acquire foot, limb or spinal impairments.

An orthosis is a brace or appliance that is designed and fitted to the body to achieve one or more of the following goals:

  • Control biomechanical alignment
  • Protect and support a healing injury
  • Assist rehabilitation
  • Reduce pain
  • Increase mobility
  • Increase independence

Commonly prescribed orthoses include:

  • Foot orthoses
  • Ankle-foot orthoses
  • Knee-ankle foot orthoses
  • Knee orthoses (braces)
  • Spinal orthoses (braces)
  • Orthoses for the arm

The orthotist assesses you including your goals at home, work or at school and prescribes orthoses to meet your needs. The orthotist shows you how to make the best use of your orthosis and makes adjustments if needed. The orthotist also checks and adjusts the way you walk using the orthosis.

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