Our pediatric orthotics specialists use prefabricated or custom-made orthotics for children to provide support and increase mobility for kids who are born with or develop any number of musculoskeletal abnormalities or conditions.
The term "ortho" means to correct or straighten. When you think of pediatric orthotics, you may picture the simple devices worn in shoes to improve mobility and decrease pain. While shoe inserts are, indeed, orthotics, there are many more complex solutions available for a broad range of conditions affecting the bones, muscles and joints.
Pediatric orthotics help to improve children’s gait (how they walk), as well as support the spine, upper extremities or lower extremities.
Some examples of pediatric orthotics include:
- ankle foot orthoses (also called AFOs)
- leg braces
- hand and wrist splints
- shoulder and elbow braces
- body braces
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Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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The pediatric orthotist at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando provide both custom and prefabricated orthoses to assist in both muscular and skeletal issues due to illness, injury or birth defect. Using the most innovative and advanced technologies, our pediatric specialist ensures your child receives the most appropriate device and the best care — from the first thorough evaluation, to compassionate care at fitting and throughout your child’s treatment.
We also offer pediatric prosthetic care onsite.
Comprehensive Pediatric Orthotics Care in Central Florida
Certified by the American Board for Certification (ABC) in Orthotics and Prosthetics, the pediatric orthotist at Nemours is part of a multispecialty team to ensure your child has the most comprehensive care possible. Depending on your child’s condition, we may work with:
- general and thoracic surgeons
- neurologists and neurosurgeons
- orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons
- other specialists your child may see
And, as part of the rehabilitation and physical medicine program at our hospital, our pediatric orthotist participates in your child’s physical and occupational therapy sessions as needed. This not only helps to maximize the device’s comfort, stability and functionality, it ensures that any required adjustments or modifications are addressed immediately.
Conditions Requiring Orthotics
Pediatric orthotists create supportive and functional devices for kids with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal differences or injuries, including:
- arthritis (juvenile, rheumatoid)
- cerebral palsy
- chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum)
- hand/upper extremity conditions
- joint contractures (arthrogryposis)
- limb length differences
- lower extremity conditions (club foot)
- muscular dystrophy
- peripheral neuropathies
- spina bifida
- spinal curvature (scoliosis, kyphosis)
- spinal muscular atrophy
Types of Pediatric Orthotics We Offer
Bracing services (correction, postoperative, sports) include customized, prefabricated and modified options to help:
- correct or prevent problems with bone alignment
- improve walking
- reduce pain
- support your child’s joints and muscles
Some common bracing solutions include:
- lower extremity (foot, ankle-foot, knee-ankle-ankle-foot, hip-knee-ankle-foot orthotics)
- spinal orthotics (thoracic lumbar sacral, lumbar sacral)
- upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist orthotics)
Cranial orthotic services at Nemours include fabricating and fitting helmets for infants with head shape abnormalities. Such devices are used as a first line of therapy or after surgery for congenital (present at birth) or acquired (develops over time) neurosurgical and craniofacial anomalies. In fact, orthotists at Nemours Children’s Hospital specialize in designing comfortable, effective cranial orthotics for children with these conditions (among many others):
- craniofacial anomalies (cleft lip, cleft palate and disproportionate facial features)
- craniosynostosis (misshapen head caused by the skull bones fusing abnormally)
- positional plagiocephaly (“flat head” syndrome)
What to Expect at Nemours
When you visit the orthotics clinic at Nemours Children’s Hospital, a pediatric orthotist will take measurements and evaluate your child’s range of motion, gait (walking) and muscle strength. Using advanced technologies that are safe and effective, we can minimize the time your child spends in the measuring and evaluation process.
With this information and the prescription provided by the referring specialist, we’ll work with you to develop a plan that best meets your child’s mobility and functional needs today and as your child grows. In some cases, we can fabricate a custom brace for your child on the same day it’s prescribed by our doctors.
Whether we use a prefabricated, modified or customize a one-of-a-kind orthotic device, your child will receive compassionate ongoing care during extensive fitting appointments and follow-up adjustments to ensure maximum comfort and confidence.
Related Programs We Offer
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Nemours provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment for children with limb length differences using cutting-edge technology and equipment to lengthen a limb entirely from the inside.
Pediatric physiatrists (physician specialists who are nerve, muscle and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how your child moves) provide therapeutic treatment for maximum functionality, as well as education and training for continued progress at home.
Our physicians are certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and include one of fewer than 250 physicians in the United States with a certificate of subspecialty in pediatric rehabilitation medicine.
Learn More About Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Nemours Children's Hospital »
Pediatric anesthesiologists and pain management specialists prescribe medicines, physical therapies and complementary alternatives (hydrotherapy, biofeedback, massage) to manage pain in an inpatient, outpatient and/or day-stay hospital setting.
Learn More About the Pediatric Pain Management Program at Nemours Children's Hospital »
Care and Support for the Entire Family
Here at Nemours, we’re dedicated to providing care in a truly family-centered environment. Our team is concerned about your child’s physical and emotional wellness, and values your involvement throughout the entire process. We understand that dealing with a chronic or complex medical condition can be difficult for your child and family, and we’re here every step of the way.
To help make the experience as comfortable as possible, we also provide emotional and psychosocial support and many other services for your child and family, including:
- social work
- Child Life services
- mental health counseling
- patient and family education
- spiritual care
- support groups