We supply orthotics and teach you how to use and care for them. We also custom fit and make these wearable medical devices.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotic devices are a wearable way for you to support, protect or stabilize a part of your body. Some change your body part's position to improve or correct the way it moves.
Why Choose Luminis Health?
Luminis Health has one of the largest orthopedics programs in Maryland. We have the expertise you need in fitting and making devices for a wide range of conditions. You can count on us because we offer:
Multiple types of experts. Our team includes certified orthotists, assistants and fitters. Each of these professionals has special skills and training. For instance, a certified orthotist designs orthotics customized to your measurements. An orthotic assistant's responsibilities include making and repairing orthotics. And a fitter fits and adjusts your orthotics, while teaching you how to use it.
Ease of collaboration. Our orthotics team works side-by-side with your Luminis Health provider. And that close collaboration ensures you get the support that's just right for you.
Prompt access to care. Highly experienced team members plus close links between your prescriber and orthotist add up to prompt service. It's often possible to get your orthotics fitted the day you visit your doctor.
What to Expect
There are many different types of orthotic devices. Generally, orthotics gets their name from the section of the body they supports. For example, knee orthotics are braces that support the knee joint. Ankle foot orthotics are braces that support the ankle and foot. And so on.
Because it's a medical device, orthotic devices require a doctor's prescription. So when might your orthopedic specialist prescribe one? In some cases, orthotics aid in healing after an injury or operation. (Orthotics are sometimes used in the same way as a fiberglass or plaster cast. One main difference? You can remove orthotics.) Or you may benefit from orthotics if you have arthritis or another condition that impacts your bones or joints.
For example, different types of braces can help if you have knee osteoarthritis. One type helps when the knee is more damaged on one side than the other. By shifting more of your weight onto the healthier part of the knee, the brace lessens pain.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, your orthopedic specialist may recommend a certain wrist orthotics. Wearing it eases pressure on the irritated nerve causing pain and numbness in your fingers.
If you've lost feeling in your feet due to diabetes-related nerve damage, your provider may prescribe special shoe inserts. These prevent rubbing injuries that lead to infection and other problems.
Orthotics fall into three general categories: soft, semi-soft and rigid. And in one way, they're a bit like clothing. Some are adjustable for a more snug fit. And in some cases, you may need custom orthotics we make specifically for you.
Several factors play a role in deciding which type of orthotics is best for you. We discuss which type of orthotics is best for your needs.