The Orthotic service is based at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and has three primary components:
- Routine Orthotic Out-Patient and In-Patient services
- Clinical Gait Analysis/ Lower Limb Biomechanical Assessment service
- Community based Musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services
The service provides a wide range of orthotic hardware including footwear, functional foot orthoses, insoles, ankle foot orthoses, KAFO’s (Full length callipers), spinal, head & neck, abdominal supports and hosiery etc.
Clinical Gait Analysis
The department has an MIE Bertec™ strain gauge video vector gait analysis system and a TekScan MatScan™ foot pressure measurement system. Both systems are used in the management of a wide range of cases in Orthotic patients. The systems are also used diagnostically to inform pre-surgical planning for lower limb/foot and ankle patients.
Rotherham Hospital is proud to be one of only a small number of NHS facilities able to routinely utilise clinical gait analysis to optimise Orthotic management strategies.
Mon - Fri, 9 am - 5 pm
- Rotherham General Hospital
- Rotherham Community Health Centre (clinic days and times to be confirmed)
Length of appointment
New routine appointments will take 20 - 30 minutes dependent upon complexity.
What to bring
- For lower limb and foot and ankle assessments it is recommended to bring a pair of shorts.
- A list of any current medications.
- If you have been provide with Orthotic intervention previously you should bring your previous Orthosis/Orthoses with you.
What to expect
We will need to take your relevant clinical history and will need your consent to perform a clinical examination.
You may be sent for diagnostic imaging- XRay/Ultrasound/MRI etc if indicated and in some circumstances you may be referred for clinical gait analysis.
Booking your first appointment
Referrals are usually received from the GP or a referring consultant via Choose and Book or letter referral. You will be notified by post to make contact with the department in order to agree a convenient appointment time.
If you require translation services please let your GP know.
If you require transport for an appointment please let your GP know as this needs to be booked at the time of the appointment.
Changing your appointment
Contact the service directly on 01709 424385 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm).
What to do if you cannot attend
Make contact with the department as soon as possible on 01709 424385 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm) to re-arrange the appointment.
This should be done as soon as possible so that the appointment can be offered to another patient.
Steve Badger - Consultant Orthotic Practitioner/Lead Clinician
Laura Johnson - Senior Orthotist
Tirzah Russell - Orthotist
Lisa Nadin - Orthotist