Tectus® Clinic

Our specialist Tectus® Clinic treats patients with partial lower limb paralysis.

Tectus® is a slim and lightweight microprocessor-controlled orthotic device. This pioneering device helps patients walk more naturally, comfortably and safely and represents the next step in intelligent orthotics.

At our Tectus® Clinic, we have a team of specialist orthotists dedicated to helping patients achieve their mobility goals with this industry-leading KAFO (knee-ankle-foot orthosis).


Image of Orthotist Elaine Nelson and Paralympian Alex Slegg programming Tectus

Who is Tectus® for?

Tectus® has been developed for adults but could also be suitable for teenagers. Unlike prosthetics, Tectus® wearers aren’t defined by their activity level. It’s their ability to meet the indications that will determine if the device is suitable for them:

  • Suitable Candidates for Tectus®
    • Quadricep weakness
    • Flaccid paralysis of lower limb
    • Resultant paralysis from orthopaedic injury or procedure
    • Insufficient knee control
    • Spinal injuries
    • Stroke wearers (mild tone only)
    • Poliomyelitis
    • Patient can initiate swing phase from their hip
    • Hip flexion power 2+ (Oxford scale)
    • The wearer can stand independently
    • Minimum user weight 50kg
    • Maximum user weight including carrying weight 100kg

    *Every wearer will require evaluation by a Tectus® approved orthotist.

  • Unsuitable Candidates for Tectus®
    • Unable to initiate hip flexion to initiate swing phase from muscle power or with compensatory movements
    • Knee or hip flexion contracture greater than 10 degrees
    • 10 plus degrees genu varus or valgus that can’t be reduced
    • Significant muscle tone/spasticity (mild can be managed)
    • Compromised trunk contro
    • A leg length discrepancy more than 15 cm
    • Muscle conditions that prevent control of an orthosis including moderate or severe spasticity
    • Lack of sensory or cognitive ability necessary to operate and perceive device controls and indicators respectively

Our Team

For over 130 years, our focus has been about achieving the best possible outcome for every patient. Blatchford Clinics offers patients and their referrers the very best expertise and the latest technology solutions to enable our patients mobility goals to be achieved. Blatchford believes caring for someone means always keeping their best interests at heart. Our highly experienced team works closely to deliver the bespoke treatment and support that each patient requires to achieve their goals.


Blatchford Clinics

With clinics around the UK, we pride ourselves on delivering a personable and friendly service to all our clients. Our clinical team have a wealth of experience in helping you regain your mobility, and we work with every patient on an individual basis to help them achieve their mobility goals. Whether that's getting up to make a cup of tea, getting back into the garden or running a marathon, we're with you at every stage of your journey. Our clinical team have access to a the full range of products from market leading brands, and work alongside you to select the product and treatment that is clinically appropriate for your goals.