How Knee Braces and Orthopaedic Footwear
Improved a Polio patient’s Mobility
We recently saw a 64 year old man who had polio as a child. This left him with a weakness in his left leg. He had worn supportive footwear and knee braces since being a child and was now seeking something lighter and easier to wear. He had always had difficulty getting comfortable, well-fitting orthopaedic footwear, which can take up to over 12 weeks to come through on the NHS.
He also needed a new leg calliper or knee brace, to prevent his knee from bending too far back, as the one he had was worn and very heavy. The combined weight of his orthopaedic footwear and leg calliper was about 6kg, which had been giving him terrible back ache. Fed up with the service the hospital was giving him, he decided to come to Technology in Motion to seek assistance.
We assessed him and found that he had a shorter right leg, which had not been taken into account when his previous leg calliper was fitted. His feet were not fully flexible and he couldn’t get his heels all the way down, causing him to be quite unstable when standing and walking.
In order to help him regain balance, we made a pair of fully supportive boots and provided him with a lightweight carbon fibre knee brace, which enabled him to stand and walk with much greater ease. His balance is now much better and the whole set weighs just 1kg.
If you’re tired of the ‘one size fits all’ mentality of the national healthcare service and would like to benefit from tailored orthotic treatment, Technology in Motion can help. Whether it’s knee braces for polio, orthopaedic footwear for foot drop or a leg calliper for muscle paralysis, we can help you find the best solution to suit your lifestyle. Call us on 0330 100 1800 to discuss your needs with an expert, and we’ll arrange an appointment at your convenience.