Ottobock orthoses and supports

For more than 100 years, Ottobock has been collaborating with other specialists to develop functional orthopaedic devices. Our goal is to help people move more freely and with less pain, correct malpositions and provide effective support for the healing process. Orthoses and supports have proven to be particularly effective for these purposes. They allow injured ligaments, joints and bones to heal. In addition, they can preserve functionality in permanently impaired limbs and reduce pain. Orthopaedic devices such as supports and orthoses are extremely effective in augmenting other courses of treatment or therapy that your doctor prescribes. Orthoses have even been proven to stabilise and immobilise affected joints or limbs in cases of paralysis. Orthoses for users with paralysis – for example, ankle-foot orthoses or knee-ankle-foot orthoses such as the Ottobock FreeWalk – are made to order by O&P professionals and are an ideal long-term solution for treating individuals with complete or partial paralysis of one or both legs. These orthoses help people regain maximum freedom of movement despite their limitations.

When developing new products, Ottobock liaises closely with renowned O&P professionals, doctors and therapists. Our aim is to create orthoses and supports for everyday life that are as easy as possible to use. For this reason, we focus not only on durability, but also on developing comfortable products with skin-friendly materials that are easy to use. Thanks to their perfect balance of innovation and functionality, our products are exceptionally effective for people with an impaired musculoskeletal system. This is substantiated by numerous scientific studies.

Throughout the entire course of our history – spanning more than a century – Ottobock has consistently focused on improving human mobility. The entire product portfolio is geared towards restoring mobility to people with disabilities, preserving functions, easing strain and significantly relieving pain. So if you're experiencing pain or discomfort, don't delay – find out more about your treatment options with Ottobock orthoses and reclaim as much quality of life as possible.

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Clinical pictures and symptoms that benefit from orthoses

There are many different illnesses and clinical pictures that call for orthoses or supports – whether right from the start of treatment, or afterwards to support therapy. Orthopaedic devices may improve your mobility and general sense of wellbeing by relieving pain and symptoms that affect your musculoskeletal system. Find out more about the various clinical pictures and symptoms where an orthosis or support can be useful, and learn about treatment options and diagnostic methods.

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What are orthoses and supports?

By definition, supports and orthoses are medical devices that support or protect your musculoskeletal system. They are generally prescribed by a doctor to treat injuries and illnesses of the musculoskeletal system or supporting structures. They support the healing process and improve mobility in people with physical disabilities. Orthoses aim to stabilise, immobilise and relieve strain on the affected joints. They also help people to perform movements correctly. This prevents or counteracts malposition or excessive strain on a certain area and ensures the correction of limb mobility. In the case of permanent physical disabilities, an orthosis can help maintain functionality in the affected body area and can also prevent or relieve pain.

What's the difference between an orthosis and a support?

Marleen wearing an Ottobock Omo Neurexa plus


In general, an orthosis is made of a sturdy, rigid material and includes functional elements such as straps, bars, articulated joints or rods. Depending on the requirement, they can be used to immobilise, mobilise, relieve or stabilise a certain area of the body, or to correct malpositions in limbs and joints. In other words, an orthosis can be used either to completely immobilise the affected area or to mobilise it in a very controlled manner. Orthoses can also be used to correct the position or movement pattern of a limb. There are also special neuro-orthoses that can replace missing or impaired body functions. These are used, for example, in cases of complete or partial paralysis to the arms or legs following a stroke or an illness such as polio. If you believe an orthosis could help, you should always start by consulting your doctor. He or she will examine you carefully and tell you whether or not an orthosis is a suitable form of treatment for your specific symptoms. Ideally, he or she will then consult an Orthotist to find the right product for your needs.

Woman wearing an Ottobock knee orthosis while gardening


Unlike orthoses, supports are generally made of flexible fabrics combined with pads (elastic inserts integrated into the support). In most cases, supports are used to stabilise joints. First, the flexible fabric exerts a certain amount of pressure on the affected body part, which in turn stimulates muscle receptors. The integrated pads also massage the joint area, which helps to reduce oedema, bruising and haematoma. As with orthoses, supports should be used only after a thorough physical examination by your doctor. He or she will consult with an O&P professional to find an appropriate product that is available locally.

How do you wear an orthosis or a support?

Orthoses and supports are worn directly on the part of the body affected by pain or other symptoms. Depending on the design, a variety of mechanisms can be used to hold them in place, including straps, hook-and-loop closures, press buttons and drawstrings. Many orthopaedic devices can be donned by the user without outside help. In order to prevent circulatory disorders, orthoses and bandages should always be adjusted to the user to ensure they fit perfectly. A good fit is important not only for reasons of comfort, but also to make sure the orthopaedic device can actually perform its required function, whether this is correcting a malposition or improving the mobility of a limb. For this reason, orthopaedic devices should always be chosen and used in agreement with your doctor and with an O&P professional.

Indications for orthoses and supports

Woman wearing an Ottobock Manu Arexa hand orthosis works in an office

Hand orthoses

Ideal for those suffering from an illness or injury to a joint, Ottobock hand orthoses effectively stabilise the joint and support the healing process. They can also be used to treat neurological disorders. Find out more here


Woman wearing an Ottobock Genu Arexa knee orthosis sits on a bench and chats with a friend

Leg and knee orthoses

Ottobock leg and knee orthoses are ideal for treating knee complaints, drop foot and mild knee osteoarthritis of the knee. They stabilise the joints, ease pain and help users to regain their mobility. Find out more!


Baby wearing an Ottobock Tubingen hip flexion and abduction orthosis

Hip orthoses

Orthoses can be used to treat hip dysplasia in newborns or scissor gait in later years. Regardless of age, patients with hip pain can be helped with an Ottobock hip orthosis.


Woman wearing an Ottobock Omo Neurexa arm orthosis plays golf with her instructor

Arm and shoulder orthoses

If someone has restricted mobility in their arms and shoulders, it's important to relieve or immobilise the area in question. Ottobock arm and shoulder orthoses are designed to support the affected joints and relieve pain.


Woman wearing an Ottobock Lumbo Direxa back orthosis kneels down to lift a basket of flowers

Cervical spine and back orthoses

Flexible cervical spine and back orthoses perform a variety of functions and are ideal for people with back pain or illnesses that affect the spinal column. They relieve strain and help the wearer to maintain a good posture, which in turn reduces pain.


Man wearing an Ottobock WalkOn foot orthosis stands on a surfboard

Ankle and foot orthoses

Ottobock ankle and foot orthoses can be used to ensure the maximum possible mobility after an injury to ligaments or the foot or ankle joint, paralysis or drop foot. This keeps you mobile.


Patient stories

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