Examine, interview, and measure patients to determine their appliance needs and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit.
Fit, test, and evaluate devices on patients, and make adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort.
Instruct patients in the use and care of orthoses and prostheses.
Maintain patients' records.
Select materials and components to be used, based on device design.
Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians' prescriptions and examination and measurement of patients.
Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, for use in the device construction process.
Confer with physicians to formulate specifications and prescriptions for orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
Construct and fabricate appliances or supervise others constructing the appliances.
Train and supervise support staff, such as orthopedic and prosthetic assistants and technicians.