David Loo’s health and mobility thrive on a well-fitted piece of plastic that looks like a boot, but is actually an ankle foot orthotic. The 13-year-old was born with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that severely weakened the right side of his body. Without the plastic support David’s right foot and ankle turn inward, causing him to walk with pain on the side of his foot. His special orthopedic boot holds David’s foot and ankle in place so he can freely participate in sports. David like all children must have new footwear every nine months, since his feet are growing.
Loo shows that foot and ankle orthotics can allow anyone to regain full mobility. If you have a need for ankle-foot orthotics, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz can work with you on treatment options for your foot conditions that might require the use of ankle-foot orthotics.
Orthoses are devices used to correct physical impairments that are caused by scoliosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, or foot deformities. Orthopedic devices control, guide, limit or immobilize body segments. They assist in movement; reduce weight bearing forces and aid in rehabilitation from fractures. They also correct the shape and function of the body.
Orthoses include ankle foot orthoses, thoracolumbosacral orthosis, knee orthoses and wrist hand orthosis. When orthoses were first made, plaster of Paris molds were made of the patient and then materials like plastic, elastic, metal or a combination of those materials. Now braces for participants in contact sports are made from neoprene to allow movement but reduce the range of movement.
Different Types of Braces
-The Boston Brace
-Used to assist patients who suffer from scoliosis.
-The Charleston Bending Brace
-This is worn only at night, the design of this brace is built to correct the curve of the
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