Patients in England should be able to expect greater quality and consistency in orthotic services in the future thanks to the results of a national review.
NHS England has today (Thursday 19 November) issued a call for local commissioners to improve how vital ortheses are provided, alongside a suite of guidance and resources to help them do so.
Orthotic services provide prescription insoles, braces, splints, callipers, footwear, spinal jackets and helmets which help people recover from or avoid injury, or live with lifelong conditions.
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The correct supply and fitting of orthoses can help improve quality of life by reducing pain, keeping people mobile and independent and preventing more invasive and expensive interventions like surgery, amputation or the need for social care.
Previous studies have estimated that for every £1 spent on improving orthotics services, the NHS could potentially save as much as £4.