Founded in 2004, the London Orthotic Consultancy is a private clinic that provides bespoke orthotic treatments for a wide range of adult orthotic and paediatric orthotic conditions. We are passionate about innovative and evidence-based orthotic solutions and their capabilities to improve lives. Conditions like pectus deformities and scoliosis can now be treated very successfully without surgery.
Our own in-house manufacturing team enables us to produce the highest quality bespoke orthotics on demand.
LOC has pioneered non-surgical treatment for scoliosis in the UK.
We use the best evidence-based bracing techniques based upon Cheneau-Gensingen methodology.
We use this brace in combination with scoliosis physiotherapy to ensure the best possible outcomes, treating all age groups from three to ninety three.
LOC has more experience in treating positional plagiocephaly / flat head syndrome than any other UK clinic.
Numerous studies show cranial remoulding therapy as an effective treatment for infants up to 16 months.
Our LOCband cranial helmets use the latest scanning & 3D printing/additive manufacturing techniques.
Club Foot (Talipes) is a condition affecting around one in every 1,000 babies born in the UK.
The Ponseti method is well established as the gold standard treatment for club foot around the world.
LOC has pioneered the use of the Cunningham Brace as the final phase of this treatment replacing the traditional boots and bar approach.
LOC introduced its non-surgical treatment for pectus deformities (chest) back in 2010.
Pectus excavatum patients are treated with the Vacuum Bell orthosis. The flexibility of the chest is key meaning older patients can also benefit.
OSKAR stands for Optimal Segmental Kinematic Alignment approach to Rehabilitation.
It is an approach to rehabilitation within a specialised clinic that treats children with lower limb neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy & spina bifida.
OSKAR was originally devised by Elaine Owen who was awarded an MBE for her services to children with disability.
LOC opened its Video Vector Gait Laboratory in 2015, at its headquarters clinic in Kingston-upon-Thames. Sophisticated cameras that synchronise with a force measurement plate set within the floor allow our trained orthotists to analyse your gait by measuring force as 3 components allowing a graphical representation of the force to be projected onto an image from the camera.
In the gait lab we diagnose patient conditions as well as test and fit our bespoke orthotics, manufactured on-site in our workshop.
We benefit from rapid manufacturing lead times given our large orthotics manufacturing workshop located above the clinic rooms at Kingston. This has a number of tangible benefits for our patients: much more direct control leading to better-fitting orthotics and quicker turnaround times. During fitting, it also means we can fine-tune our orthotics onsite while the patient waits, optimising comfort and patient satisfaction.
Our skilled technicians manufacture bespoke orthotics using industry-leading manufacturing techniques to ensure high-quality custom orthotics. We now also provide 3D printed orthotics as part of a move towards more innovative manufacturing methods.
We are developing some exciting new products at LOC that harness state-of-the-art design benefits thanks to additive manufacturing (3D printing). Our in-house design team have developed the all-new LOCband Lite based upon HP's Multijet Fusion technology (MJF). The new 3D printed cranial helmet features a lightweight design thanks to the thinner wall thickness and vented meshes. This has a number of tangible benefits for our patients: much more cooling due to greater heat dissipation and reduced neck strain (torticollis) due to a lightweight design.
LOC has considerable experience in treating a wide variety of sports injuries, whether caused by overuse of a specific body part or a traumatic incident. LOC’s bespoke orthotics aid the rehabilitation process and can treat individuals that have developed a specific condition by restoring normal movement and biomechanical function. LOC has our own video vector gait laboratory.
LOC’s video vector technology measures exactly where Austin’s weight is being distributed, how his hips are moving and how his legs are moving. It’s those insights that have made his new AFOs so effective. Even within a few days, LOC’s splints have had more impact on his independence of movement than anything else we have done.
Right from the beginning, we got the answers that we were looking for and left the clinic knowing what we were going to do. Everything just felt really simple every time we went for an appointment. I would definitely recommend LOC to other parents, and if anyone is in doubt about whether they should go for treatment, I’d say take advantage of the free consultation, because it was so worth it to go and get confirmation. I’m so happy I did it.
My results are amazing and unexpected, and I am glad that I received the brace through LOC. I am still wearing the brace 18 months later and my back feels even straighter. Thanks to LOC I realised that I wanted to help people with similar if not the same condition as me, so I am now going to Salford University in September to study Orthotics and Prosthetics so I will hopefully be able to help others with Scoliosis as much as LOC has helped me.
I can now go a mile without having to stop, so it is a lot better and I’m walking in a regular pattern now. The orthotic fits perfectly because LOC took proper mouldings and photographs; they were very thorough.
Lilac just flits about now. Every day she's getting stronger and our expectation now. We are absolutely with The London Orthotics Consultancy for the long haul now. We’ve found a business that can provide what we need and who we trust, and it’s the trust that's the most important thing to us.
It has been a breath of fresh air – LOC’s ability to accommodate Sophie’s circumstances and manufacture her orthotics so quickly has taken a huge amount of potential stress away. Alan talks to Sophie as well - she looks forward to seeing him. He has even been able to fulfil her request to have her SMOs decorated with unicorns! It makes her feel special and much happier about wearing them.
I had my brace fitted and I was also given a personalised exercise programme to help with my 3D rotation. Not only was I wearing this new brace but I still had my pectus brace on and the amazing orthotists managed to combine the two so they worked together. I really struggled with this at first; however, I kept going and now I’m really glad I did. My scoliosis overcorrected by 10 degrees and I was able to reduce my scoliosis brace wear to 16 hours a day within 6 weeks.
You can get to a point, like where I am with Sam, where he says: ‘If you need the brace off for a few hours every now and again, you can'. I play football, so I can take it off for training and when I play on Saturdays. Six months in, I can see light at the end of the tunnel. It’s just a year, blast through it and you’re done.
The orthotics help support my foot. Not only that, they have endured daily use, training for the Marathon des Sables, the race itself and they are still going! I am amazed that they survived the MDS and they are still being used today.
The whole experience has been very good. LOC make you feel welcome from the beginning, and you can ask as many questions as you want, and they answer everything. If you have a problem they give you their personal mobile so you can just call them if you have a problem and they’ll solve it straight away. I’m very pleased with the treatment, the people, with everything.
Working with LOC and Elaine has been a great experience – they really take the time to look at your child and understand their individual challenges and needs. For parents who are in the same position that we were, I would say do your research – see what clinics are available near you and what the costs are, but my feeling is it’s worth every penny.
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Where possible we provide orthotic treatments for specific conditions that are backed by published and peer-reviewed evidence.
Our team of experienced and highly qualified clinicians combine professionalism with a very high level of personal clinical care for their patients.
LOC manufactures the majority of the orthotics it fits itself. We do not have to rely on outside suppliers, so we are able to exercise exacting quality control.
We provide objective measurements pre and post-treatment to provide evidence of the successful outcome of the treatment provided.
Alex’s scoliosis curve treated successfully in just 6 weeks at LOC
LOC’s Scoliosis Team at SOSORT annual conference in May
Michael has achieved great results for his Pectus Excavatum with our vacuum bell treatment in combination with a specific exercise programme.
LOC welcomes Super Sofia to its Gait Laboratory at Salford University
Meet Jack who joined LOC in January as a Senior Orthotist
Rob can walk again thanks to the Neuro Swing AFO that LOC prescribed and manufactured for him
LOC’s Orthotic Clinic at Salford University’s teaching hospital to re-open on 14th February.
LOC’s first post-operative Sagittal Craniosynostosis patient