We encounter many individuals who feel as though they have been failed with previous Medical Devices. Often citing that fit and function of their device was poor - not being able to find shoes to wear, the device not being aesthetically pleasing and functionally there being little improvement.
A partial amputation foot can be challenging to manufacture & fit properly. Taking into consideration functional and cosmetic goals, along with patient expectations, wants and needs.
The goals when working with our partial foot amputees are to restore stability and function that have been lost due to an amputation, facilitate energy-efficient gait, maintain support, and prevent further complications.
At Gibson Orthotics we use modern orthotic and prosthetic techniques and strive to manufacture low profile and aesthetically pleasing devices. Our partial foot amputees are often able to return to a fully functional lifestyle comfortably.
Flat feet are relatively normal from birth to about two years of age, as the arch doesn’t start to develop until a child starts walking. Even after that, the soles of a child’s feet may look flat, but this does not necessarily indicate a problem.
Children with low tone tend to walk late because their feet and ankles are in poor alignment and their toes often claw at the ground for stability, causing their feet to tire quickly. Pronation in children with low tone does not sporadically improve, however it can be managed with a good pair of Orthotics.
These Supra - Malleolar Orthotics are designed to support the feet and ankles, resisting the excessive pronation or flattening of the foot whist children walk. This can be beneficial to patients as it assists in creating a stable base of support for standing, cruising and walking. By doing so we improve stability in the lower limbs and thus improve the patients balance.
By supporting your childs feet you are enabling your child to focus on the things that really matter - Play!
Orthotic devices are shoe inserts that are intended to improve stability and alignment during walking, running and playing. They also can provide positioning for children who are not able to walk or are in the process of learning to walk. But how do you know if your child would benefit from orthotic support?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, orthotics may be beneficial for your child. Incorrect foot alignment can cause foot, leg, knee, hip and back pain, youth sports injuries, awkward walking or running pattern, poor balance and coordination and toe walking.
By using the correct orthotic devices, proper foot alignment can be achieved, resulting in increased balance, coordination and decreased pain. If you believe your child would benefit from orthotic support or if you would like your child evaluated for orthotics, please contact us to discuss your concerns.
We attended a 2 day course with BLedical to up-skill and add to our Odema treatment toolbox. And boy are we glad we had the opportunity to go!
The training helps us enhance patient results, and improve treatment outcomes.
Practical hands on experience gained with extensive mobiderm techniques, patient demonstrations as well as personal applications made this course highly beneficial to all attending practitioners.
Finding the most appropriate and effective compression garment can be challenging for both patient and practitioner, but with guidance from industry leaders and some of the top international compression therapy brands Gibson Orthotics has a solution to meet most patients needs.
We often get asked “What makes lymphoedema garments so special?” or “ Why cant I just purchase a garment off the shelf from a pharmacy?”
Selecting an appropriate compression compression garment can be a challenging task.
Many important factors need to be taken into consideration to find the right garment and ensure that perfect fit.
As With all of our Medical Devices at Gibson Orthotics - Mobility, Activity, Age, Coverage, General Shape, Diagnosis, Skin Sensitivity & Presentation, Cost and Appearance all have a role to play when selecting the best Compression Garments.
What is the difference between Custom Made and Ready made Garments?
The Difference between a higher Quality Compression Garment and a garment of lower quality (Off the shelf varietals) is Fit and compression level.
Ready Made Garments are usually made of thin and sheer fabric which are knitted in a circular fashion. They have no seam, or varying yarn tension to create a graduated pressure. Generally Off the Shelf garments are more Cosmetic and lighter in weight.
Custom Made Compression Garments are thicker and of higher quality. They have a seam, and measured graduated compression. They are completely customisable, in Length, size, compression colour and fabric - when measured by an experienced professional ensure ultimate fit and comfort.
In Order to achieve the greatest results and comfort from a compression garment the appropriate size needs to be correctly measured and selected.
If a garment is too small = the Compression is higher than required.
If a garment is too big = the Compression is lower than required.
With Odema and Lymphoedema patients there is a very fine balance in compression that needs to be achieved to prevent the Oedema worsening.
When an individual is measured by a qualified, and experienced Orthotist, the end results are far superior to simply getting a “one size fits all” solution. Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your Compression Garment needs!
Kirsten Gibson owner and founder of Gibson Orthotics is a passionate O & P Clinician with notable experience in Paediatrics and Lymphology. Actively involved in Improving patient and professionals knowledge on the subjects of O & P.