There are different kinds of orthotic devices
for different kinds of conditions
We provide custom-designed and ready-to-wear braces and splints to provide
the best possible fit, function and appearance for the end user.
Custom—and ready-to-wear—solutions for you
Determining what kind of brace is right for you means addressing your lifestyle needs as well as your physical ones. Are you really active? Will you put a lot of mileage on your brace? Are there any specific goals or aspirations you’d like to reach? Whatever your needs, we strive to make it a shared decision-making process, allowing you to take ownership of your brace and make it part of your life.
Not everyone needs a custom-made solution. A ready-to-wear brace may the best solution for some people based on their needs.
As Certified Orthotists CO(c), we assess/evaluate for and custom design braces and splints for all body parts, with a focus on the lower limbs.
Just as with our custom-made ones, we will fine-tune your ready-to-wear brace to make it individualized just for you.
Whatever the choice, you’re guaranteed consistent high quality—in products and follow-up services and care.
Creating them specifically for your unique condition, size and measurements is a major part of it of course. But we look at your lifestyle—the things you do, the things you want to do. For example, a brace for an avid hiker will be very different from that of someone who only goes on short walks around the neighborhood and drives almost everywhere, even if they’re the same age and weight. Whatever the need, you will require a doctor’s prescription for a custom-made brace.
Orthotic devices are made from a variety of materials including thermoplastics, carbon fibre, metals, leathers, or a combination of similar materials. The material used for your device will be formed on a mold of your limb, thus leading to an intimate fit on that part of your body.
The type of material we choose depends on your specific needs. For example, some foot orthotics are made of softer materials to provide cushioning and shock absorption to a bony area. In other cases, we may use a more rigid material to control instability in the joints.
Someone who is really active may need a more durable material to stand up to daily wear and tear. Again, it’s a combination of your biomechanical and lifestyle needs that will determine the materials and design of your brace.
Getting your input
Because we want you to take ownership of your brace, and make it part of your life,
we want you to have a say in what works best for you. This includes:
Showing your creative side with a coloured transfer
Selecting a decal to represent your favourite sports team
Adding air holes to increase ventilation
Discussing the direction or pull of your straps
Adding ring loops to your straps to make them easier to pull
Adding cushioned foot liners
Adding soiling for braces that are only to be worn indoors
Asking for a strap extension on velcro shoes
(usually done on children’s shoes so they can be done up around the brace.)
Creating an orthotic device is both an
art and a science—and not everyone is qualified to do it
Certified Orthotists CO(c) must have a university degree in science (B.Sc.) such as kinesiology or engineering. Registered Technicians RTO(c) usually have a related post-secondary education before embarking on their orthotics education. Both orthotic professionals spend at least two years at a supervised residency or internship, then pass demanding exams.