The Orthotic Department is located in the Gilbert Bain Hospital. When entering the hospital at the main entrance follow signs to Patient Travel. The newly developed department is located down the first flight of stairs on the right.
What does an orthotist do?
Orthotists are registered healthcare professionals who specialise in the assessment of the whole body for biomechanical problems (such as painful flat feet) and if appropriate may prescribe, measure, fit, or review, an orthosis.
An orthosis is an externally applied device. It may also be called a "brace" or "splint". Therapeutic footwear or insoles may also be used as an orthosis.
The purpose and design of an orthosis may change over time along with the changing needs of the patient. An orthosis can: improve function, reduce pain, prevent deformity.