The manufacture and design of devices used to modify structural functions of the skeletal system.

Alternative labels

manufacturing, designing and application of orthoses
construction, design and application of orthoses
orthoses designing
orthoses production
orthoses manufacturing
production, design and application of orthoses

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Orthotics is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Optional knowledge

Orthotics is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Prosthetist-orthotist: Prosthetist-orthotists design and custom fit prostheses and orthoses for individuals who are missing a limb from accident, disease or congenital conditions or for individuals who have impairments, deficiences or weaknesses due to injury, pathology or congenital malformation. They mix patient care with the design and fabrication of these devices to address their patients’ needs.
Podiatrist: Podiatrists are foot specialists who study foot physiology and pathology from a structural and functional standpoint. They assess, diagnose, and treat physical, sporting injuries, rehabilitation, medical and surgical problems of the foot and lower limb in their clinical practice. Podiatrists are active outside the clinical environment in research, medico-legal, and forensic activities. Podiatrists act within the scope of their podiatry training, experience, and regulating authority of their member country.




  1. Orthotics – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022