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Orthotics - Stockport

Contact Information

Office telephone number: 0161 419 5038

Email: orthotics.steppinghill@stockport.nhs.uk

How to find us

We are based centrally in Stepping Hill Hospital. Head to the main reception, then to the right hand side look for the Poplar Grove entrance. We are the 3rd door on the right.

Monday - Friday 08.00 - 16.00

Patient drop off/collection times

Wednesdays 13.30 - 16.00

Fridays 08.00 - 12.30


About Our Service

Welcome to the Orthotics service. Orthotics is the design, fabrication, fitting and supervised use of devices that provide external support or assist weak or abnormal joints and/or muscle groups.

  • We are a Consultant-led service based within Stepping Hill Hospital, for both inpatients and outpatients.
  • Inpatients are seen from all wards within the hospital, mainly on the orthopaedic and acute medicine wards.
  • Our outpatient clinics are run five days a week, offering services to all ages and genders.

We produce appliances for most parts of the body, however the most popular types are our foot orthotics (insoles) which correct many problem foot functionality issues, and compression hosiery, which help with circulation and conditions such as lymphedema and deep vein thrombosis.

Our Expertise
  • Our Orthotist has over 20 years of experience in the profession, leading to excellent knowledge of all conditions:
  • Over 15 years of dealing with back trauma, application of spinal bracing systems and protection
  • Full anatomy, biomechanics and gait analysis knowledge
  • Speciality knee supports (osteoarthritis, ligament, meniscus, patella – femoral) and foot/ankle mechanics

Orthoses can help realign body segments and reduce symptoms related to:

  • Flat (pronated) feet
  • Bunions (hallux valgus)
  • Forefoot pain (metatarsalgia)
  • Policeman’s heel (plantar fasciitis)
  • Achilles problems
  • Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome)
  • Going over on ankle (ankle instabilities)
  • Golfer/tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritic problems (osteoarthritis/rh
How to Use the Service

Before your visit

Before your appointment, have a think about what you want to get out of the service, and any questions regarding what you are expecting to receive. There is no need to bring anything specific along with you.

During your visit

No matter what your reasons for visiting the Orthotist, the appointment will always start with a discussion about the problem you are presenting with, and how it is affecting you and the activities you want to perform.

The Orthotist will ask questions to understand the clinical history, your activity levels, and your expectations. With your permission, the orthotist will then perform a physical assessment, which may include testing the range of movement of joints, muscle powers, or gait analysis.

The Orthotist will then have an understanding of the functional problem, and can formulate a treatment plan to fit in with your lifestyle and expectations. Your first assessment with us should last 15-20 minutes. Any further appointments to have an orthotic fitted or reviewed should last 10-15 minutes.

After your visit

After your initial assessment appointment, if you are not fitted with a device on the day the team will be in touch to arrange a fitting appointment at a later date.

A review appointment might also be given at this point to check how it is working. For any problems in the meantime, you should contact the Orthotics department who will look into the issue.

Items can be dropped in for general repairs at the designated times, however due to the Orthotist’s time constraints it is not normally possible for them to check over each item at the time it is brought in.

© Stockport NHS Foundation Trust 2024. Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport, SK2 7JE. 0161 483 1010