Tarsal Orthotic Supports (hind limb)



Use of these supports for an injury will help speed up the rate of recovery and get your dog back to full fitness faster. For dogs with early stage or moderate levels of arthritis, they can make the difference between comfort and discomfort, and help keep you dog (or cat) active longer. The compensatory injuries that so often develop due to arthritis can be avoided when the arthritic joint is correctly supported with one of these orthoses. Likewise if there is a strain injury.

They provide excellent support, are light and comfortable to wear, and are readily accepted by dogs.

Tarsal supports are available for temporary support of mild strains, to provide long term support of chronic conditions, or to provide support post-surgery to improve outcomes and avoid re-injury.

These supports can be worn 24/7, but we recommend taking them off regularly to inspect underneath and to leave off your dog when they are inactive for extended periods.

Hand wash using mild detergent, maximum 30°C.

Tarsal orthotic support  - Grade 1

Light and flexible stabilisation for the tarsal joint. High quality neoprene follows the natural shape of the tarsal.

Conditions the Grade 1 can be used for are:

  • Light tendon / ligament injury
  • Re-educate joint position awareness -proprioception
  • Reduce tarsal joint deviations and hyperflexion
  • Light arthrosis
  • Prevents re-injury

View and download the Grade 1 fitting instructions here

Tarsal orthitic support - Grade 2

Tarsal Orthosis Grade 2 is designed to enable the level of support, stability or immobilisation to be adapted to the patient. It is suitable for post-op use, minor sprains and similar. Both lateral and medial tarsal divisions and hyperextension/ flexion are reduced. The orthosis uses an adjustable Velcro stabilising system to allow you to adjust the degree of stabilisation and the direction in which you want to stabilise the joint.

Conditions the Grade 2 can be used for are:

  • Medium level of arthritis
  • Post-operative
  • Dislocation of ligaments and joint
  • Partial ligament and tendon injury
  • Temporary paresis (paralysis)

 View and download the Grade 2 fitting instructions here

Measurement for correct size

Available for left and right tarsal. Take measurements in centimetres with the animal standing. Please refer to the diagram to the above.

We suggest writing down the measurements then refer to the table to identify the correct size. Do not forget to reduce measurement 2 by 30% to get the correct size.

If you do not have a flexible (fabric) tape measure we suggest you use a piece of string and set the string against a ruler or metal measuring tape. Each measurement should fall within the range indicated. The support is highly customisable hence the size can be fine tuned to achieve a good fit.

  1. Measure the circumference of the tarsal
  2. Measure the length from stifle to tarsal, then reduce by 30%.
  3. Measure the length from tarsal to metatarsal joint.
 Size range (cm) Measurement 1 Measurement 2 Measurement 3
 Extra Small 9.5 - 12.5
4.5 - 9
4 - 8
 Small 10 - 13 6 - 10 5.5 - 9
 Medium 11 - 15 7 - 11.5 6.5 - 10
 Large 14 - 18.5 9.5 - 15 7.5 - 13
 Extra Large 19 - 25 10 - 17 10 - 14

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