Sports-related Injuries

The Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics works closely with the Institute for Sports Medicine to help treat children with athletic-related needs that may include, but are not limited to athletic shoe inserts and splints.

As children start competitive sports earlier in life and athletic programs train athletes harder, the number of sports-related injuries has risen. To accommodate this influx, we treat children with injuries or complications requiring orthotics management.

The Lurie Children's Difference

Our team is uniquely familiar with the needs of young athletes. Because we treat children, adolescent and teenage athletes, our specialists are skilled at identifying problems other adult-focused care teams may miss.

What to Expect

While visiting a physician in the Institute for Sports Medicine, an orthotist may be called into your child’s appointment to help consult you on whether your child needs orthotic management. The type of management varies and depends on whether the orthotic treatment is preventative, for acute injuries or over use injuries. Orthotic management may include, but is not limited to:

Our Specialists

All of our experienced orthotists are qualified to evaluate and fit for all orthoses and splints.

Meet the Team 


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