If you experience difficulties in the functioning of your leg, knee, ankle or foot, this can be very disturbing in your daily life. An orthosis or brace can then help to support your lower limbs or make them move better. Which orthosis is perfect for you is, of course, determined by the functionality, and your personal wish. Together with our provider, you choose which orthosis suits you best.
Spronken Orthopedics offers the following orthoses for complaints related to the lower limb
A knee-ankle-foot orthosis is also called a long leg brace. It is a kind of plastic sleeve that is made to the exact size of the leg. This orthosis provides extra support, corrects muscles and joints or a position abnormality of the leg. This allows you to walk easier and safer, or to lessen leg complaints. A knee-ankle-foot orthosis is made of a light material, to provide maximum stability with minimum weight. Thanks to different types of hinges, knee and ankle movements can be permitted, limited, slowed down or stimulated.
With a knee injury, walking, climbing stairs and exercising becomes difficult, and sometimes even impossible. Also with wear and tear in the knee, inflammation of the knee joint or hypermobility you can suffer from pain, which limits your freedom of movement. Depending on your symptoms, a knee orthosis or brace can stabilise your knee, relieve it and, where possible, help you recover.
Pain complaints on the inside or outside of the knee may indicate slight arthritis (‘wear’) of the knee joint. Bandages with hinges on the side can support the joint. The joint is additionally stabilised via the elastic, active knit with integrated padding. In addition to osteoarthritis, these bandages support the knee in cases of low instability or rheumatic arthritis complaints.
If the cruciate cartilage of the knee is affected on the inside or on the outside, this is also called (osteo)arthritis or ‘wear’. To relieve the cartilage or to relieve pain, a doctor can prescribe a knee brace. This provides relief on the inside or outside of the knee because the brace works via a lever, three-point pressure principle. Pressure is exerted on the top and bottom of the brace, right in the middle, where counter pressure is exerted and where the knee needs to be relieved.
Ruptured cruciate ligaments, injuries to the inner or outer knee strap or a meniscus operation may require the knee joint to be stabilised from the outside for a while. For this we have light but stable knee braces that are easy to put on and off. They are prescribed after knee band surgery to limit the movement of the knee if necessary. The brace is also used for major instability of the knee.
An ankle-foot orthosis is also called lower leg brace. It is a kind of tube that is made exactly to the size of the lower leg. This orthosis provides extra support, making it easier and safer to walk or improve complaints of the lower legs.
An AFO helps lift the foot during the swing phase, provides more certainty when walking and less risk of tripping and falling. The front of the foot is less likely to catch behind small obstacles or an unevenness on the ground. These orthoses can be provided to wear in the shoe or to be attached to the outside of the shoe.
A lace-up boot is a positioning brace that is completely tailor-made with the aim of positioning the foot in a correct position. The plastic sleeve is finished in the shape of a shoe, so that this orthosis can also act as a shoe. This can be fastened with laces or velcro strap.
The Walker Boot is an orthosis or ankle brace that is mainly used after surgical procedures and fractures of the foot or ankle. The walker boot is easy to apply with a velcro strap and is very comfortable on the foot. For Achilles tendon operations, the range of movement can be adjusted via a hinge.
An ankle orthosis, often known as an ankle brace or bandage, is very suitable for support and protection of the ankle joint. In situations where the ankle straps have to be protected (for example after an ankle distortion) an ankle brace is able to inhibit certain extreme movements. This will make the ankle bands recover better. An ankle brace is also often worn preventively, especially in game sports including football, hockey, volleyball, tennis and basketball.