Your Options for Lower Limb Support

Whether you were born with a deformity that makes standing and walking difficult, or you’re healing from an injury that left you unstable, lower limb orthotics give you the support you need to correct, adjust, stabilize, strengthen, and rehabilitate your body.

Our extensive team at Ortho Engineering Inc. takes pride in our custom orthotics. We design your supportive orthosis to fit your exact dimensions and needs so you can regain mobility, flexibility, range of motion, and stability. 

If your doctor prescribes a lower limb orthosis, we take detailed 3D images of your affected limb and engineer your orthotic to not only support your daily movement, but also to relieve pain so you can fully participate in the therapy you need to get stronger and more stable on your own.

Who needs a lower limb orthosis?

The alignment of your lower limbs directly affects your gait, which in turn affects every joint from your feet to your back. If you suffer from a congenital foot deformity or a chronic condition, such as cerebral palsy, your compromised structural foundation impacts the rest of your body and limits your function.

Likewise, acquired conditions, acute injuries, and surgeries can affect your stability, causing a ripple effect of symptoms, including pain, inflammation, imbalance, and risk for further injury.

Types of lower limb orthotics

Orthotics are external support devices that are typically named for the body part they support, and they can take the form of shoe inserts, braces, splints, casts, or other devices. Here are some of the most common types of lower limb orthotics.

Ankle foot orthosis (AFO)

An AFO cups your foot in plastic molded to fit perfectly and extends up the back of your calf. It helps those with arthritis, drop foot, ankle instability, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and tendon dysfunction.

Knee orthosis

If you have knee osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis, a dislocated patella, an ACL or PCL tear, or any other knee instability, a knee orthosis protects your joint and prevents deformities from damaging it further. It may be as simple as a pull-on sleeve to compress and stabilize your knee, or a hinged metal-and-plastic device to improve function.

Fracture orthosis

Most people know a fracture orthosis by its more common name — a cast. If you fractured your tibia or femur, a fracture orthosis immobilizes it to allow proper healing. Some fracture orthoses are removable to allow for changes in inflammation and positioning.

Knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFO)

Whether you have a long-term disability or a short-term rehabilitation, a KAFO can protect and stabilize three joints at the same time to aid your function and healing. A KAFO typically comprises two lightweight metal upright pieces that run the length of your leg from knee to foot. These uprights are attached with plastic joints that lock when you walk.

Hip orthosis

A hip dislocation is the main reason for a hip orthosis. Secured at the waist with a comfortable but snug band, your hip orthosis braces your hip and thigh to limit your range of motion as tissues heal, and offers proper joint movement so your healing hip remembers how to function properly and doesn’t acquire any bad habits.

Shoe orthotics

Sometimes, a little extra lift or support in your shoe is all you need to restore your body’s alignment and resolve the negative effects of imbalance. While you may be tempted to pick up a package of inserts at your local drugstore, keep in mind that no two feet are alike (not even your own two feet), so if you want to correct your misalignment and relieve your pain and other symptoms, custom shoe orthotics are far superior to generic, one-size-fits-all types.

If your doctor has prescribed a custom lower limb orthotic, there’s no better place to turn than Ortho Engineering. We design and manufacture all types of orthotics, even specialty orthotics for military personnel and children.

To learn more, or to order your custom orthotics, contact us at any of our nine locations throughout Southern California today. 

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