Northwest Podiatric Laboratory is proud to announce Richie Brace® custom ankle braces are coming in Summer 2021!

Since 1996, foot and ankle specialists worldwide have trusted Richie Brace to treat a variety of challenging pathologies – from PTTD and ankle arthritis to drop foot and ankle sprains – using innovative products based on Dr. Douglas Richie’s proven approaches to foot health and biomechanics.

Our long history of innovation and strong desire to help people with foot pain make ankle foot orthoses (AFO’s) the perfect extension to our lineup of premier foot pain solutions.









Whether you’re completely new to prescribing custom braces or are a longtime user of Richie Braces, Northwest Podiatric Laboratory and Richie Braces will ensure you experience great service, support and patient outcomes.

Far from being one-size-fits all, Richie Braces offers a full spectrum of innovative solutions to the problems podiatrists and other healthcare professionals see in their practices daily:

  •  Richie Brace – Standard
  •  Lateral Arch Suspender
  •  Medial Arch Suspender
  •  Richie Gauntlet
  •  California AFO
  •  Richie Solid AFO
  •  Richie Brace – Restricted Hinge
  •  Dynamic Assist
  •  Richie AeroSpring
  •  Richie OTC Dynamic Assist
  •  Richie OTC Ankle Brace

Why order Richie Braces from Northwest Podiatric Laboratory?

  •  Superior NWPL support and service.
  •  Fast processing and turnaround time (especially for healthcare professionals based in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Northern California).
  •  Submit orders via traditional fiberglass casts or digitally via the SmartCast® app.
  •  Seamless and simplified experience for current NWPL partners.

The connection between Northwest Podiatric Laboratory and sports podiatrist Dr. Doug Richie (founder of Richie Braces) goes back decades – NWPL’s first Vice President and Medical Director, Christopher Smith, DPM, was Dr. Richie’s Professor of Biomechanics during his time at the California College of Podiatric Medicine.

Click here to learn more about the the Richie Brace® and the life-changing impact Dr. Doug Richie and his braces have had on tens of thousands of patients.

Click here to read Dr. Richie’s blog on Podiatry Today.

Step up with Richie Braces! To learn more about ordering Richie Braces from Northwest Podiatric Laboratory, contact us at 800-443-7260 or [email protected].



Northwest Podiatric Laboratory is an industry leader in custom foot orthotic and related technologies. Dennis Brown, a retired British soldier, elite athlete and natural-born inventor founded the company in 1964 and was joined by a biomechanics pioneer, Dr. Chris Smith, in 1974. With an exclusive blend of science, craftsmanship and innovation, the partners have built a company that utilizes proprietary production techniques and technology to produce orthotics with a unique shape and unparalleled performance. Northwest Podiatric Laboratory has helped over a million people suffering from foot pain to lead better, pain-free lives. Learn more at

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