Since 1981, Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics has made providing a lifetime of quality service and support to patients our first priority, helping them to grow and develop every step of the way.
Although Horton’s originally started as an orthotics-only facility, we eventually added prosthetics to become a full service orthotic and prosthetic facility under the umbrella of Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics. We now have over 35 employees with 5 full time facilities in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Bryant, Fort Smith, and Searcy.
Certified Orthotist Gary Horton opened Horton’s Orthotic Lab, Inc. on August 1, 1981, to establish an orthotic facility dedicated to quality orthotics and quality service in Little Rock. Gary started the business with only 4 employees, working out of 1 office in Little Rock on South Look Street.
After 4 years of developing a growing business, Gary moved Horton’s to our current Little Rock location on 12th street. The property initially had an old house that Gary wished to have torn down, but the architect on the project convinced him to restore the house and add to it instead. He took their advice and won several awards from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas for the building. Gary has since added on to the building again, giving us over 12,000 square feet.
From 1994-1995, our Little Rock location was under construction while we added a third building.
In 1995, Gary Horton began working with NASA to develop a new stance control orthosis, which would become the stance control orthotic knee joint (SCOKJ) released in 2001.
At Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics, we also pride ourselves on promoting activities for children with physical disabilities. Annually since 2000, we have held an event called Fishin’ At The Harbor at the Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita, which is a fun day of fishing for children with physical disabilities and their families.
In 2001, Gary Horton opened Horton Technology to globally sell and distribute products that have been developed through Horton’s Orthotic Lab, Inc. This includes the stance control orthotic knee joint (SCOKJ), a stance control orthosis developed by Gary Horton and a team of specialists.
After experiencing years of personal aggravations when working with unfriendly hip abduction bars, Gary Horton obtained a second patent for another device called the Horton Click in 2003. This system connects slot shoes to a shoe rotation bar so the wearer cannot easier kick the shoes off the bar while walking. This is another product distributed by Horton Technology that is now used in the industry worldwide.
In 2009, Gary Horton was awarded the first Tamarack Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Orthotic Science and Practice by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. This prize was created by the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the practice and understanding of orthotics science within the last five years through clinical care, scientific research, and peer-reviewed publications.
After over 30 years in business, we officially changed our name to Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics.
In 2011, we opened our fourth Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics location in Bryant, Arkansas.
So far this year, we have opened a new office and welcomed two new practitioners to our staff. Francois van der Watt joined our ranks to institute our new Sports Prosthetics division, which he now directs out of our Fort Smith office. We also opened our fifth location in North Little Rock and added Allison Hoffmann to our staff of certified prosthetists and orthotists.
On February 1, 2016, we announced a merger with a Perkins Orthotics and Prosthetics based in Fort Smith, Arkansas.