What is an orthotic? This term can confuse people. By definition, an orthotic is any insert, brace, or splint used to support, align, prevent injury, or correct the function of moveable parts of the body. Orthotics include items as simple as shoe inserts . . . to ankle & knee braces, and floor reaction or energy returning carbon devices . . . and can be as complex as spinal alignment devices.
The key to success with an orthotic device extends beyond the initial diagnosis. Success comes when the patient has a rehabilitation team that includes a physical therapist with experience and knowledge of orthotic options, fitting, and training. It is critical that the correct device is selected for each individual patient. To do this, our therapists have established trusted relationships with orthotic providers in the greater Richmond area, and work closely with them to ensure the device is the correct one. It is our priority to make sure the device is fitting well and is functioning at the level needed to help the patient reach their personal goals.
At The Gait Center, our therapists are experts in the field of gait training - teaching patients to walk again. But they not only return patients to walking but return them to all of the activities that provide a meaningful quality of life. Our therapists have advanced training in orthotic rehabilitation and take the time to teach patients how to fit and care for their devices, in addition to confidently navigating at home and out in the community . . . working on balance, walking indoors, walking outdoors on uneven terrain, and on stairs, ramps, curbs, etc. The therapist will focus on understanding the patient’s goals for the future and will strive to develop the best level of physical function to return the patient to a fulfilling lifestyle.
This is possible because of our team’s dedication to education, patient empowerment, and taking the time with each patient to ensure their success.