It is very difficult to see calf strength weakness/absence while watching someone walk. To the patient, the return of this function is tremendous.
While a fully or hyper extended position creates a lock out or abnormal walking pattern. A excessively flexed knee, creates a crouched and inefficient walking pattern.
The Energy Storing Orthosis designs we’ve created provided all three of these functions simultaneously. This replacement of the calf functions brings the patient back to a near normal walking pattern. Accordingly this is dependent on a thorough evaluation of the patient particular deficit level. This determines the specific strength of the Carbon structure, to be the most effective for the patient. It is also dependent on the proper positioning in the casting of the patient. This determines the timing of when the force of the orthosis acts against the patient; in standing and in their walking cycle.