Pediatric Orthotics

Pediatric orthotics

HeartSpace for Physical Therapy  shared an informative article on pediatric orthotics compiled by the pediatric section of the APTA.  If you are a new or a long time pediatric Physical Therapist this document provides an excellent overview.  The article answers the following questions:

  1. What is an orthoses and who designs them?
  2. What are the characteristics of lower extremity orthoses?  It discusses the design, materials, pads, straps and trim lines.
  3. When are orthotics indicated?
  4. How do orthotics affect the gait cycle? (includes pictures with recommendations for use)

You can download the APTA article here.

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Read past articles on orthotics below:

Shoes, Orthotics and Children

Foot Orthotics in Children with JIA

Orthotics and Children with Hypotonia

Postural Control and AFO Use

SMO Use of Upper Extremity Use

KAFO’s and CP

Orthotics and Children with Down Syndrome

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