Foot Orthotics (FOs)
From prefabricated soft and semi rigid supports to solve simple alignment and support problems to custom fabricated orthotics of all durometers and designs to resolve the more complex diagnoses and etiologies such as arthritis, pes planus, pes cavus, and diabetes. Sports supports and runners orthotics are also provided.
Ankle Foot Orthotics (AFOs)
These typically are thermoplastic in construction and include the lower leg in addition to the foot for greater control of biomechanical problems such as club foot, cerebral palsy, hemiplasias, CVAs, and other etiologies. They are fabricated from individual molds of the patient's extremity. We also supply prefabricated AFOs for less complex and involved biomechanical issues such as simple "drop foot".
Each design solution is specific to the problem presented. AFOs can be static with no movement, jointed to provide free motion, or any degree of limited or assisted motion by means of stops or springs. In some instances, mild knee instabilities can be controlled by AFOs without having to encompass the knee itself.
Knee Orthotics (KOs)
With the ever increasing world of leisure activities, high intensity school athletics, and recreational sports, more and more people hurt themselves trying to have a good time or excel at a specific sport. Also, as we age and continue to engage in our favorite activities our knee joints can be susceptible to debilitating arthritis that can put pain and stress on our knees. Northeast O&P has access to virtually every knee orthosis manufactured. We provide a spectrum of supports from simple therapeutic knee wraps to highly engineered orthoses that are capable of unloading a specific part of the knee joint or limiting the range of motion about the knee in a graduated fashion. Ligament tears, subluxing patellae, and osteoarthritis are just some of the diagnoses seen
Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics (KAFOs)
This type of orthosis encompasses the knee, ankle, and foot to control a limb that is flail from the knee down. Hemiparetics, paraplegics, later stages of multiple sclerosis, post polio syndrome are some of the etiologies requiring this level of bracing. Traditionally, these orthoses always required a locked knee to be safe and functional for standing and walking. They expended a great deal of energy to use and often were discarded. Today's technology uses simple physics, electronic sensors under the foot, and weight shifting of the body over the extremity to automatically and safely lock the knee during weight bearing and unlocking the knee during unweighted swing. This reduces the energy spent in the effort to walk on a level surface in a reciprocal fashion.
Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics (HKAFOs)
This level of bracing is seen for individuals who have no function of their extremities. Paraplegics, Spina Bifida, and other spinal cord lesions require hip joints and pelvic band fitted around one's hips to provide stability. There is technology available in the form of reciprocating mechanisms that push one limb forward while pulling the other back, which makes walking with crutches or a walker easier for the individual.