Custom Orthotic Care
Orthotics are external devices that are applied to a leg, arm, or torso to provide support, reduce pain, correct deformities and prevent progression of deformities. Each device is designed to address the patient’s specific clinical presentation after careful evaluation. The goal is to restore maximum stability and mobility.
We provide these high-quality, custom-made orthotic devices:
- Ankle-Foot Orthoses (AFOs)
- Supramalleolar Orthoses (SMOs)
- Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFOs)
- Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (HKAFOs)
- Knee braces (KOs)
- Spinal braces (TLSOs, LSOs, Scoliosis braces)
- WalkAide Systems
- Reciprocating Gait Orthoses (RGOs)
Our Orthotics Expertise
AFO | Ankle Foot Orthosis
An AFO is a device that supports the ankle and foot and extends from below the knee down to and including the foot. This device is used to control instabilities in the lower limb by maintaining proper alignment and controlling motion of the foot and ankle. AFO’s are custom molded in a variety of different ways to facilitate the patient’s needs. It is worn inside a properly fit shoe. An AFO may be required by a physician for any number of conditions affecting the stability of the foot and ankle.
SMO | Supramalleolar Orthosis
A Supramalleolar Orthosis (SMO), as with other orthoses, gets its name for the part of the body for which it encompasses. This orthosis supports the leg just above the ankle bones or malleoli, and is considered the shortest of the Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO's). The SMO is prescribed for patients (often children) who have soft, flexible, flat feet. The SMO is designed to maintain a vertical, or neutral heel while also supporting the three arches of the foot. This can help improve standing balance and walking.
KAFO | Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis
Knee ankle foot orthoses (KAFO) are a type of orthosis or brace that is designed to support, correct, align or protect the leg, specifically the knee and ankle joints. The KAFO may be used for people who have had polio, injuries or other diseases that cause pain, weakness or instability of the leg. The KAFO may be made of different materials depending on the needs of the individual and often include moving parts at the knee and ankle to allow for controlled bending.
HKAFO | Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis
This device is used on patients requiring more stability of the hip and lower torso, due to paralysis and weakness, in addition to the lower extremity involvement. The brace will provide pelvic stability in several planes, from rotation, to side-to-side, and front-to-back motions. Primarily the hip section and hip joint of the brace stabilizes and aligns the lower leg underneath, reducing unwanted motion, while increasing steps per minute and reducing energy expenditure.
KO | Knee Orthosis
A knee orthosis is a specially designed external medical device constructed of varying lightweight and durable compositions of metals and high-density materials to provide biomechanical assistance to stabilize and support an injured knee and its surrounding ligaments, tendons, and muscles by extending above and below the knee joint to provide healing support for injuries, diseases, inflammations and post-surgical recovery and rehabilitation of the knee.
Designed to treat pain, fractures, Scoliosis and degeneration, spinal orthotics can improve your comfort and quality of life. Whether you need a custom brace designed just for you or simply want a little extra support from a custom -fitted brace, our team can help you find the solution that is right for you.
WalkAide is a revolutionary FDA cleared medical device that leverages functional electrical stimulation (FES) to improve walking ability of people living with foot drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries or conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Serosis, Stroke, or Traumatic Brain Injury. The WalkAide may replace the traditional AFO to re-engage a person's existing nerve pathways and muscles.
RGO | Reciprocating Gait Orthosis
These are the most frequently used brace for the ambulatory needs of a paralyzed child or adult. Hands-free standing occurs by linking the legs to the torso section so that hip flexion and extension movements are free to occur for taking steps but while standing, the torso is restricted from flexing forward. With every step, as one leg flexes, the other leg must extend and thereby stretch out the hip contracting structures.
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