OSKAR at Neuro Conference

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OSKAR at Neuro Conference

BY Daisy

10 March 2021

The London Orthotic Consultancy’s Director and Lead Orthotist, Sam Walmsley, is to present to an audience of Neuro Physiotherapists and Case Managers at the European Neuro Convention on 16/17th March. Because of the Covid pandemic, this is a virtual conference. During his session, Sam will be sharing his experiences of working with an orthotic framework for treating children with lower limb neurological conditions, called OSKAR (Optimal Segmental Kinematics and Alignment Approach to Rehabilitation).

OSKAR was originally developed by Elaine Owen MBE MSc SRP MCSP, a world-renowned physiotherapist who was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to children with disabilities. We have been working with Elaine since 2015.

During his seminar, Sam will explain a counterintuitive alignment rule that is not commonly practised by other orthotic clinics. He will demonstrate why it is such an important detail in AFO design and how and why it works. This will make clear why some orthotic prescriptions don’t deliver and conversely, if the details of a prescription are correct, how powerful orthoses can be in improving orthopaedic and functional outcomes for patients. 

We are seeing incredible results using the OSKAR method – we’ve helped many children walk who hadn’t otherwise been able to in their standard splints. The earlier we can start to work with a child, the more positive an impact we are likely to have in the long term.

OSKAR is typical of the evidence-based approach we take in all our orthotic treatments for children and adults alike.

The Gait Lab

The OSKAR clinic is held in The London Orthotic Consultancy’s gait laboratory at our headquarters clinic in Kingston upon Thames. We have another OSKAR clinic at the University of Salford using the teaching hospital’s gait laboratory.

If you think your child would benefit from an OSKAR assessment, please contact LOC.

You can register to attend Neuro Convention 2020 here.



We have the following facilities and amenities at our Kingston Upon Thames location:

  • Free parking
  • Wheelchair ramp
  • Disabled toilet
  • Baby changing facilities

We also have the Gait Laboratory for orthotics patients and Onsite Manufacturing for speedy turnarounds and adjustments whilst you wait.

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Cambridge location:

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Bristol location:

  • Free parking directly outside the clinic
  • Large Waiting Room
  • Free tea, coffee and water
  • No Toys (Due to Health & Safety Requirements of the clinic)
  • Baby changing space (In clinic room)
  • Fully wheelchair accessible
  • Short walk to Clifton Village centre for shops, restaurants & cafes

For more information, visit Litfield House Medical Centre.

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Romford location:

  • Large waiting room
  • Disabled access toilet


There is NO parking directly outside the clinic. These spaces are reserved for residents.

The nearest parking can be found at Billet Lane public pay & display opposite Queens Theatre, a 2-minute walk from the clinic.

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LOC’s clinic is based in the University of Salford’s Podiatry Department and provides treatments for orthotics, scoliosis, pectus deformities, positional plagiocephaly and club foot.

It is also the base for LOC’s northern OSKAR clinic which is run by Sam Walmsley, clinical director of LOC, in conjunction with Elaine Owen MBE MSc SRP MCSP.

Due to COVID-19, we have had to temporarily close the Salford clinic and are operating out of another clinic in Bolton. 

508 Blackburn Rd,

Astley Bridge,




For more information, please visit The Good Health Centre 

Clothing worn is dependent on which clinic you are attending. You will be sent a letter detailing what clothing to wear along with all other details prior to any appointment at the clinic.