Orthotics are devices that support or “brace” a weak, deformed, or damaged part of the body. The subject of orthotics is vast and includes everything from simple arch supports to microprocessor controlled knee ankle foot orthoses. At New Hope, we offer coverage for all orthotic applications. From pediatric to geriatric, we are experts in knowing what you need. Most of our devices are designed and fabricated in-house to ensure the best possible outcome. We also offer a full line of off-the-shelf bracing that is not only cost effective but generally fit the same day.
When designing an orthosis, it is our belief that sometimes less is more. We strive to make the lightest, coolest, custom devices available. Our designs are generally dynamic and offer support and immobilization only where it is needed. Over the nearly 40 years of designing orthotics, we have found that this approach vastly improves success and rehabilitation potential in our patients.
We have a team of practitioners dedicated to caring for our adolescent patients. Our pediatric experts are second to none. For convenience, we often see the patients at school or in the facility they frequent. Our designs are fun and functional with a focus on fast delivery time and top notch quality.
Listed are just a few of the more common orthotic devices and or areas of expertise that we offer, please call us for any additional questions you may have.
Foot orthotics/inserts are not generally covered by insurance unless they are part of the treatment of diabetic foot issues. Please call for more information.
Foot Orthotics- Generally these are custom insoles that are used in the treatment of certain foot injuries or deformities. They are made of a variety of materials based on what ailment is being treated. A few of the most common issues that we treat with foot orthotics are:
- Flat Feet (pes planus)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel Spurs
- Hammer Toes
- High Arches (pes cavus)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Ankle Foot Orthotic (AFO)- This is any device that controls both the foot and the ankle. It is generally a custom made device that is designed from a cast impression that is taken of your leg. Newer designs are being offered in an off-the-shelf or custom to measurement option and have expanded the variety of this orthosis. AFOs are very common devices and are used to treat a wide variety of diagnoses. They come in many shapes, heights, colors, and materials. Listed below are some of the more common issues that are treated with an AFO:
- Stroke (CVA)/Foot Drop
- Cerebral Palsy
- Severe Pronation or Supination
- Chronic Ankle Sprains
- Charcot Foot Deformity
- Talocalcaneal Injuries
- Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis,
- High Tone
- Toe walking
Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO)-This device controls movement in the knee, ankle, and foot. It is primarily a custom device that is designed from a casting of your leg. KAFOs come in many different styles and materials based on the individual's needs. These braces are most often used for the treatment of paralysis or severe muscular weakness but can also be utilized when deformities or joint issues are present. Common issues treated with a KAFO:
- Head Injury
- Spinal Injury
- Spina Bifida
- Severe Hyperextension
- Non-Union Fractures
Knee Orthosis (KO)- Also referred to as the Knee Brace, this device is very common and is used for the treatment of a variety of conditions of the knee. As the name implies, this orthosis focuses control over the knee only. It is often utilized to stabilize strained, sprained or repaired tendons and ligaments. The other increasingly common use of this device is for the treatment of Osteo Arthritis in lieu of knee surgery or replacement. Knee braces can be custom made but are more often fit from measurements as an off the shelf item. Issues commonly treated with the use of a KO:
- Osteo Arthritis
- Medial or Lateral Compartment Syndrome
- ACL, PCL, LCL, or MCL Injury or Repair
- Varus or Valgus Deformity
- Cartilage Damage
Hip Orthosis (HO)-These devices can be utilized as a stand alone device or in conjunction with a KO or a KAFO to better stabilize an affected limb. In the stand alone option, a hip orthosis is usually used to prevent hip dislocations after hip replacement surgery. These devices are often designed or fit from measurements and rarely require that the patient is cast.
Spinal Orthosis- (Back Brace) SO, LSO, TLSO, CTLSO - Spinal orthotics could be as simple as an elastic lower back support or as advanced as a custom CTLSO. If a condition of the spine exists, chances are there is a back brace that can be used to treat or alleviate it. The most common usage is for chronic lower back pain, but they are also used for many other more serious conditions. Common conditions treated with Spinal Orthotics:
- Pinched Nerves
- Bulging Disk
- Muscle Spasms
- Post Surgical Stabilization
Upper Extremity Orthotics- At New Hope, we offer the widest selection of upper extremity orthotics available and are the only Saebo certified provider in the state. Our practitioners are fully trained in the nuances of the many devices to treat paralysis and contractures of the hand and wrist. Many of these devices are fit to measurement but in more advanced cases, custom casting may be required. Common Conditions Treated with Upper extremity orthotics:
- Carpal Tunnel
- Ulnar Nerve Conditions
- Shoulder Dislocation
- Post Surgical Stabilization
- Tendon injury