Our Service

We are an award winning social enterprise providing an orthotics service to children and adults with additional physical disabilities across the Midwest of Ireland. As a specialist service, we provide orthotic solutions that are designed to help mobility, posture/body alignment and reduce pain. A referral from a consultant or health care professional is required to access this service. We also operate weekly lower limb biomechanics clinics that specialise in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in children and adults that cause pain or impact day to day activities or sports performance. This clinic is open to members of the public.

Please contact our team by phone (061-302733) or email orthotics@stgabriels.ie if you have questions about accessing our service or if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Who do we treat?

We treat children and adults with musculoskeletal conditions such as cerebral palsy as well as adults with diabetes, post stroke and any condition that affects function of the upper or lower limbs.

For children with significant disabilities, orthotics assist with posture, reduction of joint contractures and scoliosis.

We also treat adults with biomechanical foot and ankle issues and provide accommodative footwear and foot orthoses to reduce pain and offer support.

We welcome private clients. We offer a full biomechanical assessment and gait analysis and will discuss all options available to you to alleviate your symptoms.

Clients who hold a medical card or Long Term Illness card will require a referral form submitted to us prior to assessment. We will then contact you directly with an appointment.

Please feel free to phone or email us regarding an appointment.

National Award

Supported by the Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI), St Gabriel’s Orthotics Department entered and won a national award from the Social Enterprise Development Fund.

The department used much of the award to provide orthoses to children with disabilities in the Midwest region.

We also invested in our infrastructure and administration support.

This investment will further enhance the service we provide to a broad spectrum of children and adults with disabilities who require orthotics.

Clinic Locations

St Gabriels Centre, Springfield Drive, Dooradoyle, Limerick
Monday to Friday 8.30 to 4.30pm

We also hold regional clinics on a fortnightly or monthly bases:

  • Derg Centre Outpatients Clinic, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
  • West Limerick Childrens Services, Desmond Complex Newcastle West Co. Limerick
  • East Limerick Childrens Services, Ballysimon road, Limerick
  • Clare Childrens Services, St Josephs Hospital, Ennis Co. Clare

Contact St Gabriel’s orthotics for further information:

Our clinical team specialize in the complex management of children living with a neurological condition.

What is a neurological condition?

A neurological condition affects the brain and/or spinal cord and associated nerves leading to impairments in movement and the control of movement. Some neurological conditions are present from birth such as cerebral palsy and some can be sudden onset such as a stroke or other brain injury.

We understand such a diagnosis is extremely challenging for new parents. We will provide the best treatment advice and intervention to give your child increased functional ability to live as full and happy a life as possible.

Our role

Our role is to put in place an effective treatment plan to facilitate movement, provide passive stretching and contracture management to the affected muscles and joints.

Activity, movement and weight bearing are vital for growing children and we aim to make movement as easy and as energy efficient as possible.

As a child grows, we are constantly reassessing what their needs are i.e. for school, or hobbies.

Early intervention is paramount and we work closely with the paediatric physiotherapists to ensure early referral to our service and a multidisplinary team approach.

Conditions we treat include:

  • ASD
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Diabetes and ulceration
  • Drop foot
  • Hypermobiltiy syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Sports related injuries
  • Stroke
  • Tendonopathy

Footwear and Foot Orthoses

Orthoses may be prescribed for a variety of conditions and symptoms such as Diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis, as well has bunions and significant foot pain caused by injury.

Following a biomechanical assessment, measures and casts are taken to accurately capture the dimensions of the feet. Often a scan is also taken to allow CAD alterations to be done.

No one persons feet are the same and symptoms are very person specific, thus most orthoses are custom to that person to achieve maximum alleviation of symptoms and allow the person return to activities of daily living pain free.

Download FFO Information Leaflet


Orthopaedic Footwear

The aim of orthopaedic footwear is to protect and support the feet.

Orthopaedic footwear may be prescribed for a variety of conditions and symptoms such as Diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis, as well has bunions and significant foot pain.

Following assessment, measures and casts are taken to accurately capture the dimensions of the feet.

A trial fitting is often done to ensure correct fit and function of the footwear before completing.

All the footwear is manufactured from leather and handmade to the highest quality.

There are several catalogues of footwear design that your orthotist will assist you with when selecting footwear style, colour and fastening.

Download Footwear Leaflet


Ankle Foot Orthoses AFOs/SMOs

AFO is an acronym that stands for Ankle Foot Orthoses. An AFO controls the movement of the foot and ankle complex and stabilizes it. The AFO assists weak muscles and balance and allows the user to stand/walk safely.

AFOS are used for a variety of conditions and are tailored to an individuals needs, thus there are several designs of AFOS and all options will be discussed with you at your appointment.

AFOS are routinely recommended for children and adults with musculoskeletal conditions such as Cerebral palsy and Spina bifida and also for adults with MS, post Stroke and drop foot due to spinal injury.

Download AFO Information Leaflet


Wrap around AFOs/SMOs

Wraparound AFOS are similar to other AFO designs with the exception that there is a plastic component wrapping or covering the top of the foot. This design feature offers greater midfoot support and increased surface area contact with the skin.

This design is generally used for children with a Tendo Achilles contracture and/or midfoot collapse.

The total contact feature evenly distributes the forces applied by the AFO to the skin reducing the risk of skin breakdown and friction.

Wraparound AFO Information Leaflet


Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses KAFOs

KAFO is an acronym that stands for Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis.

A KAFO controls the movement of the knee, foot and ankle and stabilizes the lower limb. The KAFO assists weak muscles and balance and allows the user to stand/walk safely.

KAFOS are used for a variety of conditions and are tailored to an individuals needs, thus there are several designs of KAFOS and all options will be discussed with you at your appointment.

KAFOs are often indicated for lower limb paralysis or significant knee instability causing collapse.

The above weakness may be as a result of Polio, Spina bifida or an acquired spinal injury.

Download KAFO Information Leaflet


Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses HKAFOs

KAFO is an acronym that stands for Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis.

A KAFO controls the movement of the knee, foot and ankle and stabilizes the lower limb. The KAFO assists weak muscles and balance and allows the user to stand/walk safely.

KAFOS are used for a variety of conditions and are tailored to an individuals needs, thus there are several designs of KAFOS and all options will be discussed with you at your appointment.

KAFOs are often indicated for lower limb paralysis or significant knee instability causing collapse.

The above weakness may be as a result of Polio, Spina bifida or an acquired spinal injury.

Download KAFO Information Leaflet


Spinal Braces and Scoliosis

Spinal bracing can be recommended by a doctor for various reasons.

Patients with neurological weakness of the spinal muscles use the brace to delay surgery, slow the procession of a spinal curve, and assist with posture and upper limb function.

The braces are custom made to ensure corrective forces are applied effectively as well as ensuring comfort.

Other conditions treated with spinal braces are Kyphosis, a forward bending of the spine and back pain as a result of chronic osteoarthritis.

Download Spinal Brace Information Leaflet


Lycra Garments

Dynamic compression garments such as a lycra suit are prescribed to assist when a neurological deficit is present. This may be a full suit which covers the body, arms and legs or shorts to act on the hip joints, or a wrist/elbow garment to assist upper limb function.

Lycra provides both postural control and increased sensory feedback from compression of the area over which it is acting.

The garment itself and its custom reinforcements improve musculoskeletal alignment, postural control and proximal stability.

Increasing stimulus to the sensory receptors in the skin via compression increases the information received by the motor neurone which activates movement.

Download Lycra Information Leaflet

  • Please follow the link to our referral form.
  • You can return the referral form by fax, email or post.
  • When we receive your referral we will contact the client directly and offer an assessment appointment.
  • We accept both private and medical card referrals.
  • There is an assessment charge of 55 Euro for private assessments.
  • Also see our orthotic information leaflet for advice on orthotic wear and use.