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Orthotists and prosthetists are healthcare professionals who help people dealing with muscle and bone-related conditions.
Orthotists help with making and fitting custom orthoses (external devices like splints, braces, calipers, shoe inserts, etc.) to body parts that have been weakened by an injury, illness, or disorder.
Orthotists may provide a wide range of orthotic services including foot orthotics, ankle-foot-orthotics, and knee orthotics.
Prosthetists, on the other hand, help with creating and fitting custom prostheses or artificial legs and arms for people who have lost limbs to illnesses or injuries.
Depending on the specific career path you wish to take, you will typically need the following qualifications to become an orthotist and prosthetist in South Africa:
Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:
Orthotists and Prosthetists in South Africa typically study for 3-4 years.
Orthotists and prosthetists in South Africa typically work in hospitals, private health clinics, and community health centres.
To find more information about orthotists and prosthetists in South Africa, contact the South African orthotics and prosthetics Association.