Over 1000 people a year under thirty suffer a stroke in the UK alone. 
Though orthotics have developed greatly over the last seventy years to aid users physically, very little has been done to combat the emotional and social impacts of stroke. As a designer it might seem that the NHS does not understand the value of aesthetic on a persons mental health. 
 
 
Through correspondence with the senior orthotist and the RNOH, Royal National Orthotics Hospital, he stated that, ‘People will continually look for cosmetic solutions that are easy and safe to apply,’ and more over, ‘we health professionals could learn a lot from designers.’ Talking to multiple stroke victims suggested that a more balanced approach to orthotic design was needed. My aim was to bridge the gap between the mental benefits of aesthetics and the physical benefits of functionality on rehabilitation. 
 

Detailed research on the gait cycle and other medical studies has helped develop Lite Orthotics to a new level of individual focused prefabrications. Providing a range of varying sized modular products allows the user to be fitted with an orthotic that can be adjusted more accurately to their needs. This along with the option to customize the aesthetic encourages the user to continue their lives as uninterrupted as possible. Using new materials makes the Lite Orthotics range 20% lighter than existing NHS orthotics, stronger and cheaper.