Our orthotics service provides assessment, advice and intervention for children and adults who have foot, lower limb and gait problems, and supportive difficulties.

The health benefits of our orthotic devices can include:

  • improved independence
  • improved mobility
  • pressure relief
  • pain relief
  • reduced ulceration rate
     

Who we see

Our orthotics service provides assessment, advice and intervention for children and adults who have foot, lower limb and gait problems, and supportive difficulties.

Our orthotics* service assesses and provides splints and orthosis that enable patients to improve their functional abilities.

The service includes the provision of ready to wear footwear and mainly lower limb orthotic devices, as well as surgical stockings, splints and specialist support/compression stockings and corsets.

Our orthotics service does not provide spinal braces/jackets or wigs.

*An orthosis is an externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuro-muscular and skeletal system.

Waiting times for this service

Adults: three to four months
Children: six to eight weeks

This service is for Barnet residents or those with a Barnet GP only.

Referral information

Barnet Orthotics Service

Orthotic Service
Oak Lane Clinic
Oak Lane
East Finchley
London N2 8LT
 
Phone: 020 8349 7057
Referrals to our orthotic service should be made using the orthotic service referral form, or via letter with the following details:
  • patient name
  • patient address
  • patient contact details/carers contact details
  • patient date of birth
  • NHS number
  • mobility issues
  • medical details
  • reason for referral
  • active problems relating to walking and lower limbs
  • significant past problems
  • current medication
  • relevant past medication
  • referrer name, organisation, address, contact details

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

The service will accept referrals for children and adults who live, or are registered with a GP, in Barnet and have:

  • Foot problems and need support in standing and walking, including those with painful feet caused by medical conditions or structural deformities
  • Children with specialist orthopaedic problems affecting walking
  • Pain in their lower limbs affecting walking
  • Physical / neurological disabilities affecting their gait
  • A leg length discrepancy indicating the need for shoe raise
  • Requiring dynamic movement garments to support function
  • Circulatory problems requiring custom made non stock compression hosiery
  • Musculoskeletal problems in the lower limbs needing support devices, but not walking aids.
  • High-risk medical conditions such as diabetes, stroke, Parkinson's and rheumatoid arthritis that require complex device or footwear
  • A need for specialist footwear

Service office hours

Children's clinics:

  • Tuesdays: 9am to 12 noon at Oak Lane Clinic, Oak Lane, East Finchley, London N2 8LT
  • Thursdays: 1pm to 4.30pm at Oak Lane Clinic

Adult clinics:

  • Tuesdays: 1pm to 4.45pm at Finchley Memorial Hospital, Granville Road, North Finchley, London N12 0JE
  • Thursdays: 9am to 12pm at Oak Lane Clinic, Oak Lane, East Finchley, London N2 8LT

Locations and opening hours

Finchley Memorial Hospital

Granville Road, North Finchley, London, N12 0JE
 
Office hours: Monday to Friday (office closed on a Frida), 9am – 5pm

Oak Lane Clinic

Oak Lane, East Finchley, London, N2 8LT
 
Phone: 020 8349 7057
Office hours: Monday to Friday (office closed on a Friday), 9am – 5pm