Assessment Guide

A step-by-step guide on what to expect at the initial assessment.

In our own centre and across the county we hold clinics open to private patients and public patients with a referral from a healthcare professional. Attendance is by appointment only. Call us to arrange an appointment near you.

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094 953 9565
Unit 3 Watson's Lane, Ballinrobe, County Mayo F31 X576

Arriving to clinic

When you arrive at our clinic, you will be greeted in reception by our customer service team. We have ample parking and seating if you wish to bring someone along with you. When ready, the Orthotist will come to meet you and take you through to a clinical room.

Orthotic Consultation

Our Orthotist will inform you of their name and then ask you some questions relating to the reason for your visit. This allows for an understanding of your medical history, any symptoms and work/ recreational requirements you may have. This information will be documented within your own personal file.

Orthotic Assessment

An Orthotic assessment usually consists of:

• Visual assessment – This can be as simple as the Orthotist watching you walk or we can use more technological methods such as video analysis of joint angles using tracking markers.

• Physical assessment – This is usually through the Orthotist physically assessing you, looking at muscle powers and joint ranges of motion as well as any pain.

Prescription Options

Following your assessment, the Orthotist will provide you with various options on the types of Orthotic treatment that are available.  When we are looking at creating an Orthotic device we are looking at combining, function, comfort and appearance as well as your input. You are not obligated to purchase any of our products and we will not provide you with an Orthotic device that is not suitable for you.

Taking Measurements

To make your device we need to get measures of you.  We can do this with with:

• Tape measure – Useful for taking simple measures for the provision of standard off the shelf items or stock and modular footwear.

• Foam impression – Foam boxes allow the clinician to get an accurate model of the under surface of the feet and are very useful in the provision of insoles.

3D scanner – Produces extremely accurate scans of the foot which can then be modelled in a specific computer program before being manufactured.

• Plaster cast – It is used to achieve an accurate model of any body part and is still probably the most commonly used.  Good for complex Orthotic devices.


Fitting Appointment

That's it! Most devices take between 1-6 weeks to order or manufacture and a fitting appointment will be scheduled for you. On attending your fitting appointment your Orthotist will demonstrate the fit of the device and provide you with wear and care instructions. If required, we can make minor alterations to the device whilst you wait. There is no charge for the fitting of Orthotic devices and future aftercare is included.