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Customised Support with an Orthosis

Orthoses are medical aids that support mobility. They can stabilise, immobilise and relieve the body or affected limbs or help control them. They can prevent or correct abnormal posture.

Balancing the body

Dynamic dorsiflexion assist orthoses are a key part of gait rehabilitation. They compensate for the paralysis of the dorsiflexor muscles and hold the foot of the free leg in the swing phase of the gait cycle. This prevents the foot from dropping or getting caught by obstacles.

Compensating movements such as excessive lifting of the thigh are reduced. Subsequent problems can be prevented.

Effects of the dorsiflexion assist orthosis proven in clinical trials are:

  • Greater ground clearance
  • Improved balance (equilibrium)
  • Faster walking speed
  • Relief of the non-affected side (more weight bearing by the affected leg).
  • Reduced energy consumption for walking

Dorsiflexion assist orthoses are available for different levels of activity. Consult a medical supply company or a trained orthotist near you.

More stability when walking 

The orthosis stabilises the knee, limits movement of the knee joint and prevents hyperextension. Aluminium splints are frequently used on both sides of the joint for added stability. The patellar tendon is often painful and must be secured in place by a knee orthosis.

This prevents unintentional movements of the knee. The knee orthosis provides support for active gait training and various movement exercises. You gain more control and are more confident of balance – enabling a whole new sense of your body.

Look for a soft, skin-friendly material. The orthosis should also be adapted to the individual user.

Individual consultation

For an orthosis to provide effective support, it must be custom fitted. Get advice in our  private orthotic clinics, here.