Allcare Orthotics and Prosthetic Services specializes in fabricating customized prosthetic devices to meet the specific needs of our patients. The process begins with an individualized evaluation where a prescription rational is developed. At this point, a plaster mold is than taken of your residual limb that serves at the foundation for the fabrication of your new prosthesis. Each prosthesis is individually custom fabricated out of the lightest and strongest material to ensure a precise fit and complete comfort. No matter the level of amputation, Allcare Orthotic and Prosthetic Services has the prosthetic solution for you.
Ankle Knee and Hip Custom Bracing
Muscle weakness or ligament laxity in any joint within the lower extremity, as well as gait abnormalities, may require the use of a custom AFO, KAFO, or HKAFO. An AFO crosses the ankle joint, a KAFO crosses the ankle and knee, and an HAKFO crosses all three major joints of the lower extremity. Such devices may be used for either acute or chronic conditions.
Post-Op and Trauma Bracing
Post Op and Trauma bracing is generally used to immobilize or restrict motion following a traumatic injury or surgical procedure in order to protect the area of interest and prevent further injury. This can be done for nearly any part of the body, and the type of brace is dependent on the specific condition of the patient.
A multitude of pediatric conditions are managed using orthotic devices. Some devices are used to correct deformities before skeletal maturity, such as orthoses for clubfoot or cranial remolding. Others are used to facilitate ambulation in children with neuromuscular disorders. Common pathologies include clubfoot, plagiocephaly, craniosynostosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, and hip dysplasia.
The goal of sports bracing is to protect anatomical structures from the high stresses placed on them during sporting activities. This can be either prophylactic to prevent injury, or post trauma to protect the site and prevent further damage. Knee, ankle and shoulder orthoses are the most common types of braces used for sports.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (Walk-Aide)
Functional electric stimulation is an emerging technology that is becoming a promising alternative to traditional orthoses. Specific nerves are stimulated at specific times within the gait cycle to facilitate a more normal gait pattern in those with muscle weakness. At this time it is used mostly to help lift the foot during swing phase for those who suffer from drop foot. Studies are slowly emerging that suggest that use of an FES system such as the Walk-Aide may help retrain and strengthen the muscle, something that traditional orthotics are unable to do.
Often times a brace can be used as opposed to a hard cast to immobilize the site of a fracture and allow it to heal properly. The advantage of using a brace is that it can be removed temporarily for cleaning, bathing, testing, or any other tasks. By using a specialized orthosis, fractures of the neck, spine, arm, and leg can be managed and stabilized.
Bracing has proven to be an effective alternative to surgical intervention when trying to control the progression of spinal curvature in those with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Each device is custom fabricated based on the patient’s size, type of curve, and degree of curvature. Both daytime and night time bracing are available.
Upper Limb Orthoses
We offer a variety of upper limb devices to treat conditions including carpell tunnel syndrome, weakness, paralysis, and contractures.
Foot orthotics are used to treat a variety of lower limb conditions. Common pathologies include pes planus (flat feet), pes cavus (high arches), plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, bunions, hammer toes, claw toes, turf toe, and morton’s neuroma. Foot orthotics can also be used to offload wounds or areas of high pressure and pain.
Orthoses are often used in wound care to reduce pointed pressures, decrease sheer forces and to prevent the recurrence of chronic wounds.