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    Orthoses for foot, leg and hip
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What is an orthosis?

An orthosis compensates for physical deficits, supports joints and protects them from relapse and misalignment.

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Physiotherapy

We train you in the daily use of your orthosis.

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Aids for protecting and supporting

Orthotic treatment for the lower extremities

The aim of an orthosis is to compensate for deficits, to support joints and to provide protection from relapses and misalignment. The art of a good orthotic treatment of the lower extremities is to achieve gentle correction and stabilization of the affected leg or foot and at the same time to ensure the best possible use of the remaining functions.

Orthoses are uses as orthopedic aids for short-term or permanent use. In contrast to flexible bandages, they are made of stronger materials, such as plastic, in order to limit movements or correct skeletal deformities. Results of surgery can be supported by targeted stabilization and movement guidance, and accompanied by an orthosis.

Treatment solutions

Orthoses for the lower extremities

We will fashion an individual orthosis for you specifically tailored to your foot deformity or particular ailment, The spectrum of our orthotic treatment solutions is extremely broad. Certain orthoses make sure that the leg or foot is held in the correct position.

In case of paralysis, an orthosis can even help you take your first steps again (C-Brace®). Here are the most common types of orthoses:

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Talus repositioning ring orthosis
(TRRO)

The ring-shaped foot socket reliably fixes the foot in the orthosis.

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Calcaneus rotating ring orthosis (CRRO)

Initially, the CRRO was designed for correction of club foot.

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Ankle-foot orthosis
(AFO)

A dynamic Printorthese® that extends over the ankle joint.

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Lower leg orthosis

The foot and lower leg sections are connected to one another by a joint.

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Thigh orthosis

This orthosis has a movable ankle and knee joint.

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Ottobock C-Brace®

This intelligent orthosis system supports you in paralysis of the musculature connected to the knee.

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Pohlig Hip Abduction Orthosis (PHAO)

The PHAO holds the hips in the medically required bracing position.

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Function meets design

A key prerequisite for a successful orthotic treatment is the consistent use of the device. This can only be achieved if you fully accept your orthosis and wear it reliably in everyday life. To make them as comfortable as possible for you to wear, we only produce orthoses that are highly functional and visually appealing.

Of course, we pay attention to the use of light materials so that there is no additional impairment due to the weight of the device. We offer a wide range of different colors and designs for all orthoses.

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Interdisciplinary teamwork

Orthoses are generally only prescribed after an in-depth examination by a physician. Ideally, the choice of the appropriate equipment should always be made in consultation between the physician, physiotherapist and orthopedic technician.

We are very keen to ensure this interdisciplinary cooperation. Teamwork plays a particularly crucial role in the care of children with orthopedic aids. All participants are in the same boat. After all, optimum treatment results can only be achieved if doctors, orthopedic technicians, therapists, patients and parents pull together.

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The POHLIG system

In order for an orthosis to really help where it is needed, it is individually adapted to the body by the orthopedic technician. This is the only way to ensure the best possible state-of-the-art care.

It has proven to be very effective to think in segments when treating our patients with orthoses. Only once the individual levels of the body have been discussed on an interdisciplinary basis can the therapeutic goal of orthosis care be identified and the design of the orthosis defined. In practice, this means that we proceed from top to bottom, e.g. from the hip over the knee and foot, and define the corrective measures step by step.

We can accommodate for even the most complex misalignments with the POHLIG system, a system in which the individual elements of the orthosis are put on separately. The system for putting on individual components separately offers the option of isolated stretching, bending, tilting, turning and counter-rotation of the extremities and thus enables targeted therapy.

Static or dynamic?

Static orthoses are intended to fix affected joints in their correction position. Dynamic orthoses, on the other hand, apply force to correct malpositions (such as shortening of the tendons) by such means as spring hinges or gas springs.

Depending on the clinical picture and characteristics (e.g. ICP, AMC, plexus paralysis, radial aplasia, etc.), different designs can be selected:

  • Dynamic joints for flexion, extension, pronation or supination
  • Different closure systems
  • Adapters for the application of individual parts of the orthosis

Static as well as dynamic orthoses are often worn at night. At night, the affected limb can be fixed or corrected over a long period of time. More functional orthoses are usually made for daytime use.

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Instructions

How to clean a liner?

A soft-wall liner is basically the inner shoe of an orthosis. It is made of a soft leather material and stabilizes the foot in the orthosis.

It is important that you air out your liner regularly. Only if absolutely necessary, wipe the soft-wall liner with a damp cloth. We’ll show you how to do it!

Trade article

Orthotic treatment for complex joint deformities in the lower extremities

Authors: M. Baise, K. Pohlig
Source: ORTHOPÄDIE-TECHNIK 04/11, Verlag Orthopädie-Technik Dortmund