In good hands
Your little one needs expert care with a gentle touch. Our practitioners have extensive expertise and experience treating children with prosthetic and orthotic needs. All of the devices provided by OPC can be adapted for pediatric applications. Children are usually eligible for prosthetics at the age when they are able to pull up to standing, which typically happens between 9 and 12 months. As a child grows, sockets may need to be changed once a year or more, and regular adjustments need to be made to keep the prosthesis in line with their rapidly evolving physical needs.
Kids & Teens Prosthetics
Children are usually eligible for prosthetics at the age when they are able to pull up to stand, which typically happens at 9-12 months. Once a child reaches this age, it is best to begin using a prosthesis as soon as possible so they become accustomed to the prosthesis. As a child grows, sockets may need to be changed once a year or more, and regular adjustments need to be made to keep the prosthesis in-line with their rapidly evolving physical needs. This also includes weight changes with growth. For more information, please see our Amputee Guide.
Kids & Teens Orthotics
Creating pediatric orthotic devices for children is very different than creating the same devices for an adult experiencing a similar condition. Through collaboration with your child’s pediatrician and physical or occupational therapists, we learn and evaluate your child’s specific needs to discover solutions that will improve their daily lives. Our specialties and products allow us to care for children from infancy through adulthood with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, scoliosis, foot drop, plagiocephaly, plantar fasciitis, multiple sclerosis, and many other diagnoses. For more information, please see our Orthotics FAQ's.
Kids & Teens Patient STORIES
Caroline | Transtibial Running Prosthesis
Caroline has been a patient at OPC for many years. She is nine years old in this video and full of energy. The practitioners at OPC fabricated a running leg for Caroline so that she could play and keep up with her twin sister and friends.
James | Transtibial Prosthesis
James is an energetic and happy five year old in this video. He calls his prosthetic leg "Speedy"-- no doubt because he is quick and agile when wearing it! This video chronicles his latest "Speedy" fitting, and his attempts to keep Elliot on his toes!
For more inspirational and motivational stories, check out the "Our Patients" tab. You can also find external stories through organizations listed under our "Helpful Info" tab.
Any time is the right time to ask a question. Every patient presents a unique set of challenges, and parents have their own questions and concerns. As certified prosthetists and orthotists, we look forward to explaining what we do and why, so that your children receive the maximum benefits from our care.
Visit one of our offices, request an appointment or ask us a question. We'd love to help!