CUSTOMISED TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS
CUSTOM FABRICATED ORTHOTICS
Orthotics are devices that are custom-made for each patient to meet their needs. Some are made from castings of affected areas, while others are made from measurements taken during an in-office visit. They are designed to correct the individual’s posture, reduce pain caused by nerve pressure, and improve mobility.
Du Plessis Orthotics and Prosthetics offers a wide variety of customised orthotic devices. We can create every type of lower-extremity orthotic device, including:
- Orthotic devices for the effects of polio, stroke, cerebral palsy, muscular sclerosis, spina bifida, and other neurological conditions
- A wide variety of designs for braces are available including metal, plastic, and lightweight carbon fibre
- Solid and articulating ankle-foot orthotics (AFO)
- Knee-ankle-foot orthotics (KAFO)
- Hip-knee-ankle-foot orthotics (HKAFO)
- Microprocessor technology for leg braces
- Devices to combat leg length discrepancies
- Toe filler inserts for partial foot amputation
- Custom foot orthotics
CUSTOM FITTED PRE-FABRICATED ORTHOTICS
A prefabricated orthotic device is ready to use upon purchase. These devices are available in various sizes. They are either kept in stock or can be ordered following an evaluation. During the fitting, the practitioner ensures that the device properly fits and that it addresses your orthotic needs. If necessary, the practitioner may adjust and/or modify the device.
- Pre-fabricated ankle-foot orthotics (AFO)
- Fracture boots or bracing (moonboots)
- Sports bracing (custom and non-custom fabrication available)
- Pressure-relieving innersoles for ulcer/diabetic care
- Bracing to treat hip injuries
- Knee bracing
- Ankle bracing
- Lower back support
- Soft and hard collars for the neck and spine
- Compression stockings reduce swelling in the legs and improve circulation
CORRECTIVE SPINAL BRACING – SCOLIOSIS
If treated early, scoliosis can be prevented from getting worse. Treatment will provide a straighter back, improved posture and an overall better appearance. A common misperception of scoliosis is that it isn’t treatable or that treatment is painful. This couldn’t be further from the truth; most patients wear their orthotic for twelve hours per day while awake, with no pain or discomfort at all. Without treatment, the curves will get worse and may require surgery. Great care is made to assess the patient’s full postural needs, including lower limb presentations. Parents and referral sources can be confident these patients will receive the best possible care.
Traditional scoliosis braces are typically crafted from customised casts or moulds made of the patient’s trunk. These thermoplastic braces placed pressure pads over the convexities of the thoracic and lumbar curves in attempt to correct lateral deviation and rotation, so called three point pressures. There are different bracing options depending on the severity and location of the scoliosis curve. At times this will also depend on the referring physician and his/her treatment choices.
ORTHOTICS FOR VARIOUS FOOT CONDITIONS
We supply functional Orthopaedic/Diabetic/Medical shoes for most foot conditions. Revere, Dr Comfort, Propet, and PodoWell. Correct footwear can alleviate pain in the feet, knees and hips.
Custom measured and fabricated insoles can improve conditions such as plantar fasciitis, pes planus (flat feet), metatarsalgia, heel and arch pain, early changes in diabetic feet. It helps by evenly distributing body weight and correct foot alignment.
We embrace the Ponseti Protocol method for treating infantile Clubfoot conditions and can supply various maintenance braces that form part of the bracing phase of the treatment plan.
Various types of custom fabricated SMO’s and AFO’s can improve a wide variety of ankle/foot conditions and facilitates improved gait patterns in both children and adults. Conditions that can benefit SMO’s (Supra Malleolar Orthotics) and AFO’s (Ankle Foot Orthotics) are; Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays, Spina Bifida, stroke, paralysis due to spinal cord injury etc.
We are able to measure and provide you with custom made surgical boots. This is custom made by a Surgical Bootmaker. This will accommodate feet not fitted in normal footwear due to abnormal shape and size.
Bunions are the progressive symptom of structural problems in the foot that causes misalignment. The main factors that increase the risks are wrong shoes, prolonged standing & Osteo Arthritis. Complications include Bursitis, Hammertoe & Metatarsalgia. Surgery is often done to correct bunions and hammertoes. We provide Post Op surgical boots, corrective bunion night splints for aftercare and even before the surgery, and a Silicone Toe Separator with a bunion protector to be used inside shoes.
Leg length discrepancy can alter gait patterns and cause postural deviations and complications. We can measure and make heel lifts and build up shoes to accommodate different leg lengths.