Prosthetics and Orthotics: What's The Difference?

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If you're discovering us for the first time and looking to become a patient, or if you're a friend or family member to one of our patients, you might not immediately know the difference. Depending upon the device required by the individual, our staff may serve as prosthetists or orthotists to our patients here at New Hope.

Defining Prosthetics

The most common way to define prosthetics is to call them, quite simply, artificial limbs. Amputees choose these devices, such as a prosthetic leg, to replace a lost limb somewhere on the body, due to either a complete or partial amputation resulting from an injury, complication from illness or disease (such as diabetes), or birth defect. Here at New Hope, we specialize in custom devices to enable their recipients to experience the highest quality of life possible and providing them with the support necessary to make a full and successful recovery.

Defining Orthotics

An orthotic is a device that supports or “braces” a weak, deformed, or damaged part of the body.  The subject of orthotics is vast and includes everything from simple arch supports to microprocessor-controlled orthoses.  At New Hope, we offer coverage on all orthotic applications.  From pediatric to geriatric, we are experts in knowing what you need.  Most of our devices are designed and fabricated in-house to ensure the best possible outcome.  We also offer a full line of off-the-shelf bracing that is not only cost effective but generally fit the same day.  

A Personal Experience

Here at New Hope, we want to help our patients get back on their feet. Taking time to know each patient's individual mobility and functionality needs, their lifestyle, and goals with their orthotics and prosthetics is just part of the personal experience you'll find here. We pride ourselves on our expertise within our industry, but the relationships we forge with our patients is at the heart of everything we do. You'll not only receive custom design and fit with both prosthetics and orthotics, but you'll receive the patience and personal attention necessary to ensure your success.