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Better Support. Better Movement.

An adolescent boy with his ankle-foot orthosis (AFOs), which helps keep him mobile and improve his stability.

Orthotics are external devices that provide support and increase movement for kids who are born with or develop problems in their muscles, bones and/or joints. Orthotic devices can help correct or prevent problems, improve movement (like walking), reduce pain, and support the spine and upper or lower extremities (the arms, legs, etc.).

At Nemours, our certified pediatric orthotics specialists fit and make braces and other supports for kids. We work with the appropriate doctor or surgeon to figure out which orthotic device would work best and make sure it fits, feels and functions just right for your child.

Conditions We Treat With Orthotic Devices

The term “ortho” means to correct or straighten. When you think of pediatric orthotics, you may picture the simple foot orthotics devices worn in shoes to improve mobility and decrease pain. Shoe inserts are orthotics, but many more solutions are available for a broad range of conditions.

We help kids with a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending on the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

Orthotics We Offer

Our certified orthotists provide fittings and adjustments by to make sure your child feels comfortable and stable. We offer a full range of pediatric orthotics, both prefabricated (premade) and custom made, depending on your child’s exact needs and condition. The types of orthotics we offer include:

  • ankle foot orthoses
  • braces (e.g., for the back, elbows, shoulders, legs)  
  • hand and wrist splints
  • helmets (for babies with problems like a misshapen skull)

Because children who need orthotics often require coordinated care from other medical areas, you’ll have access to our entire team of Nemours experts and specialists if needed from:

Why Choose Us

At Nemours, we specialize in giving compassionate, kid-friendly orthotics care — from choosing or creating and fitting the ideal orthotic now and refitting over time, to helping your child function and thrive as they grow. And in some cases, we can make a custom brace for your child on the same day it’s prescribed by our doctors.

Regional Orthotic Care Highlights

Depending upon the location you visit, our comprehensive programs and services may include:

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Award for Orthopedic Care 2018-19

We offer complete pediatric orthotics care and on-site brace fitting and orthotics at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware (Wilmington, Del.).

We offer complete pediatric orthotics care and an on-site orthotics shop at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando).

We offer complete pediatric orthotics care at Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville (working with Wolfson Children’s Hospital).

Research & Clinical Trials

At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

KidsHealth Library

Learn more about your child’s medical condition from the experts at Nemours’ KidsHealth.