Neuromuscular disorders affect the nerves that control your voluntary muscles. Voluntary muscles are the ones you can control, like in your arms and legs. Your nerve cells, also called neurons, become unhealthy or die – communication between your nervous system and muscles breaks down. As a result, muscles become weak and can lead to twitching, cramps, aches and pains and problems with mobility.
There are many design options for an Ankle Foot Orthosis. Your orthotist will determine the best design for you. Other non-bracing options include including Functional Electric Stimulation (FES) – such as WalkAide and Bioness – for alternative ankle & foot orthosis solutions.
The initial evaluation will consist of obtaining background and defining goals. We will also do objective tests (MMT, ROM, Outcome measures) to help determine the best orthotic options for you. We will discuss the pros and cons of each option. An impression will be taken for custom devices at this appointment as well.
At the delivery appointment, we will fit your device, make necessary adjustments and we may also take outcome measurement tests again. You will receive verbal and written instructions for donning, doffing, wearing schedule and care. All other questions will be answered.
Contracture management for can often be accomplished with bracing. A contracture deformity is the result of stiffness or constriction in the connective tissues of your body.
Back and neck bracing may be necessary to protect your posture and reduce discomfort.