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Orthotics Service

Image of a brace and a sling.

The orthotics service caters for the needs of some 7,000 people in a variety of settings to patients in the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board catchment area.

The orthotics Service provides range of orthotic products (also referred to as orthoses) to support patients clinical need.  Our orthotists are all Health Professional Council (link to external website) registered and have a wide range of experience covering all clinical areas which include:

  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric Neurology
  • Adult Neurology
  • Rheumatology
  • Diabete
  • Stroke
  • Elderly Medicine
  • Sports Injuries

How to Contact the Cardiff and Vale Orthotics Department.

To contact the Cardiff Orthotics Department, please call 029 20313922

What To Expect

The orthotist will carry out a full evaluation of the patient before formulating a treatment plan which for most, will include the provision of an orthotic product.

The orthotist ensures that the prescription orthosis will reflect the most appropriate solution to meet the clinical needs of the patient and that the patient’s wishes are given a high priority when selecting the orthosis with specific reference to choice.

Measurements or an impression may be taken to ensure the right sized orthosis is provided.  You may receive an off the shelf orthosis at your first appointment but more often it will be specially ordered or made for you and you will need a second appointment.

The orthotist will explain to you what you should expect from your orthosis and when and how to wear it.

The orthotic service provides care for both inpatients and outpatients and for children and adults at a number of centres across the health board.


Image of shoe insoles.

The orthotic products we provide can be preformed, modular or custom-made and there is a plethora of available types to reduce pain and to protect or enhance the function of most body areas. The range of products includes:

  • Lumber supports
  • Leg braces
  • Footwear (stock and made to measure and shoe alterations)
  • Insoles
  • Elbow clasps
  • Collars, Helmets
  • Wrist splints


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