Lower Extremity

Lower Extremity Orthoses are devices applied or attached to a lower body segment to improve function by controlling motion, providing support, reducing pain, and correcting and preventing deformities.

Hip Abduction Orthoses
Hip Abduction Orthoses are used to support, protect and prevent deformity of the hip joint. The Hip Abduction Orthosis is commonly used to help prevent excessive hip flexion or extension and limit hip adduction. Indications for a Hip Abduction Orthosis include:

  • Revision of a Hip Replacement
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Arthroplasty

Knee Orthoses
Knee Orthoses are used to support, protect, and prevent deformity of the knee joint. There are several different types of knee braces available in prefabricated and custom molded forms. Indications for a Knee Orthosis include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Knee Instability
  • ACL/PCL Tear or Repair
  • Varus or Valgus Deformities
  • MCL/LCL Insufficiencies
  • Post Operative
  • Patella Dislocation
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Patella Tendon Bearing Orthoses (PTB)
A Patella Tendon Bearing Orthosis (PTB) is used to unload weight from the ankle/foot area through bearing weight on the patella tendon and other pressure tolerant areas. Indications for a PTB Orthosis include:

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Plantar Surface Heel Ulcer
  • Distal Tibial Fracture

Fracture Orthoses
Fracture Orthoses are used to protect and prevent deformity in the case of a non displaced fracture. Lower extremity Fracture Orthoses are effective with simple fractures. Studies have shown that allowing minimal movement of the fractured area actually promotes and stimulates bone growth thus decreasing healing time. Fracture Orthoses can be referred to as “removable cast”. Indications for a lower extremity Fracture Orthosis include:

  • Fracture of the Tibia
  • Fracture of the Femur

Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFO)
Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFO) are designed to support, protect and prevent deformity of the knee, ankle and foot areas. KAFOs are typically custom fabricated from a mold of the patient’s foot and calf. Indications for a Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis include:

  • Instability of the Knee and Ankle
  • CVA or Stroke
  • Paralysis Knee Replacement
  • Weak Quadriceps
  • Genu Recurvatum
  • Spina Bifida
  • Post Polio
  • Cerebral Palsy

Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO)
Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO) are designed to protect, support and prevent further deformity or injury to the ankle and foot areas. AFOs can be prefabricated or custom made. Indications for an Ankle Foot Orthosis include:

  • Drop Foot
  • CVA / Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
  • Ankle Instability
  • Paralysis
  • Ankle Fusion
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Low Tone

Compression Stockings

Compression stocking are gradient stockings that help control disorders such as chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, lymphedema, post phlebitis syndrome and prevention of blood clots in the leg. Compression stockings come in a variety of styles (calf, thigh & pantyhose length) and levels of compression (mmHg).  The stocking that is best for you should be determined by your physician.