Our Orthotic service at Darent Valley Hospital’s Outpatient Department provides a range of orthoses (externally applied aids that support/correct deformed or weakened parts of the body) including:

  • Ankle-foot orthosis (AFO): A brace (usually made of plastic) that is worn on the lower leg and foot to support the ankle, hold the foot and ankle in the correct position and correct foot drop 
  • Knee, Hip and Spinal Braces 
  • Surgical and Lumbar Corsets/Jackets
  • Orthopaedic Shoes and Boots
  • Insoles and Shoe Raises
  • Wigs for patients with medical conditions
  • Compression stockings, sleeves, gloves, mittens and bandaging
  • Fitting of breast prostheses after surgery or other breast conditions
  • Hernia Supports and Trusses

Orthotics is frequently used by patients with:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Polio
  • Foot deformities
  • Sporting injuries
  • Back pain/injuries
  • Lymphedema
  • Post-surgery breast cancer patients
Doctor examining a patient foot