Orthotics: The Answer to a Number of Lower Limb Conditions and Diseases

The human body needs its limbs to function in the world. But when lower limbs become damaged, either temporarily or permanently, we turn to external assistive devices to help us stand and move. Early iterations were crude and rudimentary solutions made of metal and leather, which may have helped the patient walk, but the result was a clunky aesthetic and a wobbly gait — think Forrest Gump.

Fast forward to today, where modern science and the spirit of innovation have forged an exciting new field of orthotics with multiple applications. Here at Ortho Engineering Inc. in Southern California, we’re passionate about helping people who have malfunctioning limbs regain their freedom and mobility, and we’re driven to solve problems with new technologies, designs, and materials. Here are just a few of the conditions and diseases we can improve with our custom orthotics.

A quick primer on orthotics

Orthotics are simply any external device that corrects or supports a limb that’s out of alignment or isn’t functioning properly. Examples of lower-limb orthotics include shoe inserts, braces, and splints.

Here at Ortho Engineering, we design and manufacture custom-fitted orthotics for every part and function of your lower limbs, including:

We make your unique orthosis according to the specifications of your body, your needs, and your goals. Depending on the type of orthotic that will serve you best, we create your device out of various materials, such as lightweight metals, plastic, and carbon fiber. 

What conditions and diseases can lower-limb orthotics improve?

Whether you have a temporary injury or a long-term disability, orthotics can restore your function, relieve pain, and provide support. Orthotics can even immobilize a joint or limb if necessary. You may need a lower-limb orthotic if you suffer from:

Any of the conditions we just mentioned may be the result of age, genetics, or trauma, but orthotics can also help those who suffer complications from chronic disease and illness, such as cerebral palsy, drop foot, stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, and more.

Our custom orthotics not only maximize function, but they also protect weak or damaged soft tissue, prevent further injury, maintain range of motion, avoid muscle contracture (shortening of the muscle), and manage pain.

We also specialize in pediatric orthotics and military orthotics, because babies and soldiers have very different needs from the general population. 

If you have a condition that could use the stabilizing and mobilizing effects of a customized orthotic, contact us at any of our nine Southern California locations to learn more about our innovative designs. 

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