Orthotic Supplies: Different Types

An orthosis is the correct term for an externally applied device that is designed and fitted to the body to:

  • Control biomechanical alignment
  • Correct or accommodate deformity
  • Protect and support an injury
  • Assist rehabilitation
  • Reduce pain
  • Increase mobility
  • Increase independence

Common Orthotic Supplies for The Different Parts of the Body

  • Foot orthotic supplies for various foot, leg or postural problems;
  • Ankle and knee orthoses for joint protection, pain reduction, or support after surgery;
  • Ankle-foot orthoses and knee-ankle-foot orthoses for improving mobility, supporting rehabilitation, and biomechanical goals;
  • Upper limb orthoses for providing positional and functional support to the upper limb;
  • Fracture orthoses; the modern alternative to plaster or fibreglass casts;
  • Spinal orthoses, to correct or control spinal deformities and injuries, and to provide immobilisation or support for patients with spinal injuries.

Orthopaedic Supplies in Pretoria

Meintjes and Neething stock a host of different orthopaedic supplies and orthotics. Each falls under a different category.

Brace

A brace protects and supports a weakened or injured part of the body, including joints. They may be used for a short period until the injury is healed, or as support over a long period as treatment for a chronic condition.

Cervical Orthosis

Orthosis for the treatment of disorders affecting the cervical spine.

Static Orthosis

Statis orthoses were designed to prevent mobility of the part they are placed on. Some of the injuries that require static orthoses include broken bones (fractures), nerve injuries, tendon, and soft tissue injuries.

Dynamic / Functional Orthosis

Functional orthotics allow the patient to move, while the device provides support. They are generally used to assist weak muscles and joints, supporting them while they strengthen with movement. They are common for joint injuries where mobility is necessary to keep the joint lubricated.

Splint

Similar to a brace, a splint is an orthotic device used to improve mobility while reducing any pain and inflammation. It is often used in treating fractures, sprains and other soft tissue injuries.

Orthotics and prosthetics should only ever be recommended and applied by professional orthotists / prosthetists who can assess and treat the physical and functional restrictions of people with illnesses and disabilities including limb amputations. Contact us for more information on these devices.