Did you know that more than 30 million people have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the United States? While osteoarthritis isn’t the only situation when you or a loved one may need an orthotic solution, devices can either be prefabricated or custom made for you. 

Based on the evaluation provided by your healthcare provider, you determine the type of orthotic control you need. In coordination with your doctor and family, our team at Bulow Orthotics will work to develop a treatment plan and follow up with a single goal: to help you get back to your life as quickly as possible.

Here are some of the most common types of orthotic solutions:

  1. Generic vs Prescription Solutions 
  2. Common Orthotic Solutions 
  3. Bulow Orthotics Can Custom Fit Your Needs

Generic vs Prescription Solutions

Orthotic devices come in a wide variety. From generic foot sole inserts to spinal orthotics or lower limb prosthetics, based on your situation, your doctor can find the right solution for you. Custom orthotic solutions can be created if generic solutions don’t work for you or your unique situation. 

High-quality orthotics are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe pain. Even diabetes patients can benefit from foot specific orthotics, as they provide full support and comfort.

Common Orthotic Solutions:

Spine Orthotic

One of the first common types of orthotics is related to the spine. A spinal orthotic device is an external orthotic solution that is applied to the body. The point of these devices is typically used to either limit motion, correct deformity, reduce axial load, or improve the function of a spinal segment.


Another common type of solution is arm orthotics. Upper-limb orthoses are devices applied externally to improve or restore musculoskeletal and nervous system characteristics. Generally speaking, musculoskeletal problems are caused by trauma, sports injuries, and work-related injuries.

Static devices do not allow motion, but they can support fractures, inflammatory conditions of bones, tendons, and soft tissues, and spinal cord injuries. However, dynamic/functional devices do permit motion, which greatly increases their effectiveness in assisting weak muscles. 


In some cases, hip orthoses are used after a complete hip replacement. These devices work to reduce hip flexion, adduction, and internal rotation that may cause a dislocation. 

Pavlik harnesses or hip abduction orthosis are used in infants with developmental dysplasia of the hip, which can lead to hip instability, to help encourage desired bone development and to prevent dislocation. Hip orthotic devices can also be used for hip abduction in treating children with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.

In need of custom prosthetic solutions immediately? Contact Bulow Orthotics to get your new lease on life. 

Foot Orthotic

Foot orthotics can help relieve pressure in the areas of a misshapen or deformed foot. With the intention of providing the foot with support and promoting an appropriate gait, foot and ankle orthotics are typically made from plastic or semi-rigid materials such as crepe, laminate, composite or foam of various densities. 

In line with your feet, there are numerous types of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) that can be applied to the ankle area to provide protection. You can use these to prevent injury during a high-risk athletic activity, to protect yourself from a previous injury, such as a sprain, or to assist patients who have chronic joint instability in walking. 


Whether it is an arm or leg, prosthetic devices can replace the entirety of a limb or just part of it. In general, lower limb prosthetics can be used to enable walking for individuals without a limb, something they would not be able to do without it. 

The most common reasons for amputation surgery is peripheral vascular disease or neuropathy trauma. Amputations due to the presence of a tumor or congenital limb deficiencies are much less common.

Bulow Orthotics Can Custom Fit Your Needs

If you or a loved one is in need of an orthotic solution, Bulow Orthotics is here to help. The Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions team is passionate about providing the highest level of care to patients across the country. 

One-on-one personal attention and nurturing guidance makes Bulow Orthotics a leader in the industry and a destination clinic for amputees across the country. Our ultimate goal is to help patients achieve the highest level of comfort and mobility, allowing them to return to a normal, healthy and happy life.

If you’re in need of custom prosthetic solutions, contact Bulow Orthotics today!