Have you ever had a child that is able to easily remove their Wrist Hand Finger Orthosis (WHFO)? Benik has a slick solution for this. They add an extra buckle similar to a backpack adjustment strap that makes it nearly impossible to take the WHFO off.
Category Archives: Tips for Parents of Brace Wearers
I have found that the Garanimal shoes from Walmart are fantastic. They are wide, have a removable insole, and are fairly stylish.
Lately I have had a run on TLSO’s for patients that have a G-tube. Here is a little trick that I do with the body socks. I take the silicone from Coyote Design and put a “blob” about the size of a 50 cent piece and then quickly use a rectangle of plastic and push the silicone into the sock. I then use a half round punch to make a nice long oval hole. Parents seem to really appreciate a hole that does not fray.
Sneak Peak: A lifEnabled dynamic energy storing prototype for children that have undergone a Dorsal Rhizotomy
Stay tuned for more info. I believe this AFO can help the rehabilitation process for children that have undergone a Dorsal Rhizotomy. I will be fitting this patient soon, I am excited to see what it can do.
For the curious types, the rod is not carbon fiber, this material has never been used before in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. For the super curious, no I will not tell you what it is but I promise that I will share when I have more clinical information.
Keeping Pace has added some new shoes to the line-up. Check out their sandal and Mary Jane style.
There was a question posed on the orthotics and prosthetics forum a few weeks ago on how to transfer patterns to straps. The range of answers was anything from using an iron to using a t-shirt heat press. Well, deep in the lifEnabled proving grounds the answer of how to produce a crisp, clean, consistent image on a strap was achieved. We tried ironing and it “worked” but was quite inconsistent. I then ordered a t-shirt heat press from ProWorld Inc and found that it gave the sharpest and most consistent results. From now on if a patient wants a transfer the straps will match. If you do not want to buy a press you do have another option. Frank Hodges from Sunstone Lab will put together a strap kit for you. We are going to start experimenting with sublimation printing to see about creating custom transfers.
I am not a wheelchair guru but I know a good tip when I see one. I am not sure what the device is called but it holds shoulders back and does not let a child “slump” in their wheelchair. Apparently this child was getting some irritation on his neck from the seams of the device so the parents put a pair of soft soccer socks on the “arms”. Take a look at the picture, I am always amazed at the creativity of the parents I work with.
iPad 2’s are in use everywhere and many times are used as a communication device for people with physical challenges. I use an iPad 2 for our EMR and was just alerted to this fact. The iPad 2 has magnets that apparently can inadvertently adjust a shunt. I will be asking all parents now about shunts in their children. http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Chiari-Malformation/FYI-Those-with-Programmable-SHUNTS/show/1661065