Elaine Owen

The London Orthotic Consultancy runs a monthly clinic at Kingston's gait laboratory, in conjunction with the world-renowned physiotherapist Elaine Owen MBE MSc SRP MCSP.

As well as 40 years' experience and a broad range of postgraduate training, Elaine has postgraduate qualifications in clinical gait analysis and lower limb orthotic biomechanics. She regularly presents her work at international conferences, including the Annual Meeting of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC), the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) UK Annual Meeting and World Congress, and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) Annual Scientific Meeting.


Elaine Owen leading a talk about OSKAR at LOC's Gait Laboratory

Elaine Owen leading a talk about OSKAR at LOC's Gait Laboratory

Elaine Owen, world-renowned physiotherapist at the London Orthotic Consultancy speaking at LOC for her Advanced Course in Paediatric Gait Analysis with Great Ormond Street Hospital.

In 2012 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List, for services to children with disabilities, in 2011 she received a Welsh Government Recognising Achievement Award and in 2008 she was awarded the ISPO UK George Murdoch Prize for her submission ‘The importance of being earnest about shank and thigh kinematics especially when using AFOs’.

She has a number of published peer-reviewed papers and has recently contributed chapters to two new books, one on the evidence base for physical therapy for children with cerebral palsy and the other on orthoses for children with spina bifida.

Elaine has spent her career in the NHS working with children with movement disorders, and for the last 20 years, she has used a gait laboratory to analyse children’s walking, optimise orthosis designs and set physiotherapy programmes. One of her many achievements has been to develop a comprehensive method of assessment, prescription and fine-tuning of lower limb orthoses. She, along with her team, have challenged conventional wisdom with evidence-based science and rewritten the textbooks. Her methods are now the gold standard for designing, aligning and tuning lower limb orthoses and at LOC we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with her.

Recent Posts

 Lucas's walking improves after just six months in his new AFOs

Cerebral palsy patient Lucas sees significant improvement in his walking after only six months in his new custom Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs), designed by Professor Saeed Forghany in our Manchester clinic. Hear how a detailed gait analysis and bespoke AFOs significantly improved Lucas's gait and comfort.

Freddie's plagiocephaly journey

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Natasha can walk again thanks to her new orthotics

Adult club foot (talipes) patient Natasha says, "I cannot stress how amazing my AFOs are and how they have changed so much for me. The support they give me allows me to walk without crutches outside the house for the first time in over fifteen years."

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Diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis at 14 years old, Polly and mum Zoe looked to the LOC Scoliosis Brace to help her curve and avoid surgery at a later date.

London Orthotic Consultancy Opens New Clinic in Belfast

LOC opens its first clinic in Northern Ireland, LOC Belfast, offer non-surgical orthotic treatment for scoliosis, pectus carinatum and pectus excavatum. Here, we will also be able to provide orthotic treatments for a range of adult and paediatric lower limb conditions including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, hypermobility, stroke, post-polio syndrome, and multiple sclerosis.

Nina and Ella: identical twins treated for craniosynostosis

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Reciprocating Gait Orthosis gets Ted back on his feet again

See how a thorough gait analysis and a correctly-fitted, bespoke Reciprocating Gait Orthosis (RGO) helped Ted, a spinal surgery and cancer survivor, improve his rehabilitation and mobility goals, getting him back on his feet again.

Introducing our new slimline pectus brace

We are proud to announce the launch of our latest innovation in non-surgical treatment for pectus deformities. Our new dynamic chest compressor is one of the slimmest pectus braces on the market and is designed to reshape the chest without the need for invasive surgery.

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