Orthotics Production and Manufacturing

Many people are affected by medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and cerebral palsy that can create symptoms in their feet, ankles, knees and other parts of their bodies. Quite often these conditions can be painful and make everyday tasks more difficult. Using orthotic devices – such as splints, braces or special footwear can help.


The Orthotics Production and Manufacturing team at RJAH manufacture orthotic devices in their dedicated workshop. These devices correct deformity and relieve discomfort for patients, with those particular conditions.


The team is only one of five NHS in-house Production and Manufacturing departments in the country. 


The team work alongside the Trust’s Orthotists and Podiatrists from the MSTT, who assess the patients’ needs, then the Production and Manufacturing team will manufacture the device using the most suitable materials for the patient.


As well as providing devices for Orthotists at RJAH, who also run clinics from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, and the Podiatrists from SOOS, the team also take orders from hospitals that are part of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales.


The team’s expertise in biomechanics enables them to create orthotic devices that can prevent, correct or relieve symptoms.


Every patient has an individual condition that requires an solution appropriate to them, which is why our orthotics service covers everything from a full technical support and fitting to aftercare.


The primary advantage is quality control. The direct involvement of the clinician in the process means that quite subtle design requirements can be incorporated into the manufacturing process. This makes all the difference in terms of fit and comfort.