About my Orthotic Appointment

Your first visit will be for an initial assessment with a clinician who practices Orthotics called an Orthotist. They are required to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are professionals with a degree qualification or equivalent in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

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, hook and loop or buckle fastening. For knee problems it would be useful to bring shorts.

Following this assessment you may be measured for bespoke items such as footwear, or advised where to purchase retail items which are widely available. You may also be advised that no appliance is necessary.

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 Orthotist

 

What happens when you have an Ankle Foot Orthoses Plaster Cast?

If you need to have a plaster cast for an Ankle Foot Orthoses then it can seem daunting so we have developed a short film to show you what happens and answer the common questions patients have.  If you still have further questions or concerns please contact the Orthotics department.

Plaster Casts for Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO) at the Department of Orthotics at RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT on Vimeo.

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