FO - Foot Orthotics: Arch Supports; Orthotics for Plantar fasciitis; orthotics for runners. Orthotics in Auckland
AFO - Ankle Foot Orthosis.
KO - Knee Orthosis
KAFO - Knee Ankle foot Orthosis.
HKAFO - Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis.
SO - Spinal Orthosis
Upper limb Orthosis.
Orthotics (Greek: Ορθός, ortho, "to straighten" or "align") is a specialty within the medical field concerned with the design, manufacture and application of orthoses. An orthosis (plural: orthoses) is "an externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular andskeletal system". An orthotist is the primary medical clinician responsible for the prescription, manufacture and management of orthoses. An orthosis may be used to:
Control, guide, limit and/or immobilize an extremity, joint or body segment for a particular reason
To restrict movement in a given direction
To assist movement generally
To reduce weight bearing forces for a particular purpose
To aid rehabilitation from fractures after the removal of a cast
To otherwise correct the shape and/or function of the body, to provide easier movement capability or reduce pain. By using custom orthotics we can help treat many conditions, by using foot orthotics designed we can help with such complaints as orthotics for plantar fasciitis.
Orthotics combines knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, biomechanics and engineering. Patients benefiting from an orthosis may have a condition such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy, or have experienced a spinal cord injury or stroke. Equally, orthoses are sometimes used prophylactically or to optimise performance in sport.