Crispin’s state-of-the-art help for the injured

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KNEE braces, spinal supports, insoles and made-to-measure footwear are being created at the new premises of a company specialising in the design and manufacture of orthopaedic devices.

Leeds-based Crispin Orthotics has among its customers Premier League soccer clubs, Olympic athletes, NHS trusts and physiotherapists.

It has invested £700,000 in acquiring and refurbishing a 12,000 sq ft office and manufacturing facility at the 19th Century Wellfield House in Morley, giving the company 50 per cent additional floor space.

The move, from the previous base in Elland Road, was supported by a grant from Leeds City Council’s business growth fund. It has resulted in the creation of two new jobs for the £2m turnover firm which employs 35 full-time and five part-time employees.

The expanded premises feature state-of-the-art clinical assessment rooms and demonstration facilities for the design and fitting of supports used to treat musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.

Mark Thaxter, managing director, said: “We are the only manufacturer in the UK using silicone and lightweight carbon fibre for orthotic devices. Silicone is recognised within the healthcare industry as offering exceptional bio-compatibility, combining increased comfort with ease of cleaning and durability.”

Mr Thaxter joined the business – originally a specialist medical footwear manufacturer owned by his father – 13 years ago. He has developed the business into new areas, including sports orthotics for disabled or injured athletes.