Category Archives: Tips for Parents of Brace Wearers

Houdini Modification on Benik Handsplints

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.

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More Shoe Options for Pediatric AFO wearer’s…Cheap TOO!

I have found that the Garanimal shoes from Walmart are fantastic.  They are wide, have a removable insole, and are fairly stylish.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Garanimals-Infant-Boy-s-Casual-Shoes/22153360

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Making a reinforced hole for a G-Tube for a TLSO body sock

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.

 

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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.

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Interesting Shoe Modification…Cut the tongue out…Make a Mary Jane?

Here is a shoe modification that I found interesting and creative. Mom wanted a shoe that was semi-open for the summer and ended up finding a stylish pair of tennis shoes and cut the tongue out. The SureSteps go in the shoes easily and the shoes look cute.

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Keeping Pace adds new shoes for children with AFO’s, SMO’s, and KAFO’s

Keeping Pace has added some new shoes to the line-up. Check out their sandal and Mary Jane style.

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How put transfers onto straps for AFO’s, KAFO’s, Lanyards for an Above the Knee Prosthesis

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.

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Happy Leap Day! Free Guest Post: Creative use for socks on wheelchair

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.

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Programmable shunts can be adjusted by accident

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

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Guest Post: Tie-Dye AFO socks

A patient of mine and her mom were tired of the white AFO socks so they decided to add some color to them. Take a look at the tie-dye AFO socks.

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