There are many uses for Orthotic Devices. Some of these devices can help children with flat feet, or athletes may use them for pain mitigation. Over-the-counter orthotic inserts may be used for mild symptoms but are often too small to treat a full range of foot disorders. Others are custom-made to fit the average foot shape. Whatever the reason, orthotic devices can help improve function and efficiency. Here are a few common uses for orthoses.
Before fitting an orthosis, a patient must bring their shoes and socks to the appointment. In some cases, the orthotic may even recommend a specific type of footwear. The orthodontist will then fit the device to minimize discomfort. If the child can wear the orthosis at home, it may be necessary for the patient to wear shorts or short sleeves when wearing the orthotic.
On the other hand, Rigid orthotics are designed to control motion and function. They are typically made of firm material and are worn in walking and dress shoes. After a podiatrist makes a plaster cast of the foot, the orthotic device is molded over it. These devices help control the motion of two major joints in the foot: the ankle joint and the foot joint. The effects may improve the feet and even lower back pain.
In addition to ankle-foot orthoses, there are also other orthotic devices. For example, knee braces are commonly used to support the knee joint. They are similar to knee braces in that they stabilize the foot and ankle joints and provide mechanical support and comfort. Ankle-foot orthoses, however, can also be used for post-fracture care, while HKAFOs are typically used for spinal cord injury. Further, these devices are effective for many different patients, so it is essential to find the right one for your condition.
Wrist orthoses are commonly used to control wrist motion while still allowing patients to use their fingers. In addition to wrist braces, hip orthosis locks the ankle and knee joints to assist weak wrist extensors. These orthoses are similar to KAFO and can reduce or eliminate pain. The only difference is that these orthoses may be partially or fully locked. This is beneficial in patients with spasticity, which may prevent them from walking normally.
Depending on the severity of your condition, there are many different types of orthotic devices. For example, there are ankle braces for people who have trouble standing or walking straight, hand braces for adults, and even spinal braces. Children often need more than one type of orthotic device, so it is essential to consider your child’s needs when selecting the right one. In addition, it is necessary to note that orthotic devices are not disposable, and they must be replaced as a child grows.
Knee orthoses are custom-fabricated or prefabricated. They consist of double uprights and condylar pads that exert rotational and valgus force on the knee. Knee orthoses also open the medial and lateral compartments of the knee. As a result, they provide stability and relief from pain caused by osteoarthritis. In addition, they can protect the ligaments in the knee. However, they are not a cure-all for osteoarthritis.