Prosthetics designs prostheses (artificial limbs) for patients who have undergone an amputation or present with a congenital anomaly. The prosthesis is custom designed for each individual to fulfill both cosmetic and biomechanic needs.
Orthotics treats individuals who require support for their spine or extremity. Orthoses (braces) are custom designed and fabricated to meet an individual’s needs. The orthosis may be needed to reduce pain or to provide support to an extremity that has lost function due to damage to bones, ligaments, nerves or muscles.
Pedorthics is a sub-specialty of orthotics dealing only with disorders of the feet. Pedorthists design custom fabricated foot orthoses (shoe inserts) or identify appropriate shoe modifications that can be completed to provide the patient relief and protection.
In keeping with the educational mission of Cleveland Clinic, Orthotics and Prosthetics offers a residency program for prosthetists and orthotists. The program is nationally accredited by The National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), and offers individuals who have completed the necessary educational requirements a challenging and rewarding opportunity. For additional information on this program, contact Orthotics and Prosthetics at 216.444.6280.