Lower Extremity Orthotics
AFO (Ankle-foot Orthoses)
This is the most common type of orthotic device used. An AFO is used to control the motion and position of the foot and ankle in order to support weakness, control deformities or to provide support and corrective forces for a variety of issues related to the foot and ankle. AFOs can be made from Polymer (plastic), metal/leather and carbon fiber.
FES: Functional Electrical Stimulation; Walkaide and Bioness L300 plus
Used as an alternative to an AFO in many cases, FES is one of the most recent advancement in the field of orthotics and can address weakness and foot drop experienced by those affected by MS, stroke, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.
KO (Knee Orthoses) Devices to support the knee
KO (Knee Orthoses): These devices support the knee for a variety of issues ranging from ligamentous injury such as a torn meniscus or ACL to osteoarthritis. Additionally, Kos are used post operatively to protect and limit the range of motion to the knee following surgery.
KAFO (Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthoses) conventional and stance control
KAFO (Knee-Ankle-Foot-Orthoses) Devices used to control a very weak or unstable knee joint. KAFOs can be fabricated from a variety of materials such as heat moldable plastic and carbon fiber. There are 2 main categories of KAFOS; traditional and “Stance-Control”
C-Brace Orthotronic Mobility system
Many of the orthotists at CTOPS are certified in providing C-Brace technology. Unlike traditional KAFOs, the C-Brace® reacts intelligently to the entire movement sequence. The unique combination of sensor technology and an integrated microprocessor makes it possible to control hydraulic stance and swing phase in real time.
HKAFO (Hip-Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthoses)
The HKAFO provides maximum stability at the hip, knee, foot and ankle. It can be fabricated from polymer, carbon composites, hybrid variations, leather and metal .Various styles of hip, knee,and ankle joints are available as per patient presentation and diagnosis.