What is Orthotics?

Orthotics is a science and engineering based healthcare profession. It is concerned with improving functional loss and structural deformity. An Orthosis (plural Orthoses) is an externally applied device, used to influence structure and function of muscles and bones.

What is an Orthotist?

An Orthotist is a person who has completed rigorous university training in areas such as anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and materials technology, as well as applied this knowledge clinically. An Orthotist combines knowledge and understanding of the human body with the application of forces and evaluation of mechanical components, allowing her to prescribe, measure and fit orthoses. The title “Orthotist” is protected, and only people registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) are allowed to use this title. The HPC are a regulator, and were set up to protect the public. They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health.

Who are our Orthotists?

Heidi McCarthy, Orthotist, BSc(hons), PGDip, HCPCreg

April Matthews