Orthopedic aids are individually adapted prostheses, orthoses and orthopedic footwear that will replace a lost body part or replace/restore lost function of the motion organs.
Orthosis is a brace or bandage that acts as an external support for muscles, joints, bones and nerves as a result of injury or illness.
The purpose of an orthosis is to relieve pain, facilitate and improve activity or counteract misalignment.
Whether you are young or old, elite athlete or not quite as active, you can get into situations where an orthosis can be both necessary and of great benefit.
For example, orthoses are used for
- tennis elbow – for relief
- knee injuries – for pain relief
- nerve damage or illness – to replace a function that is reduced or lost
- back pain – to reduce pain
- knee osteoarthritis – for unloading the painful joint.
- rehabilitation after surgery or injury – to protect ligaments and soft tissue in the healing process.
Within the health and care services, we use orthoses in many contexts, including to influence movement patterns so that it becomes as normal as possible despite injury or illness, to protect joints or soft tissue, or to ensure that an injury heals as best as possible.
Using an orthosis can have a major impact on the final result after an operation. It can mean the difference between a successful and a less successful result. For example, a ligament that does not have time to heal may end up longer, than it should be, resulting is less stability than expected.
If you have arthrosis, an orthosis can contribute to significantly reduce pain, to better function and a generally better condition. The research shows that many continue to be as active as before they got the pain.
We have extensive experience with orthoses and are committed to finding the solution that is best for you and your situation.
A prosthesis replaces a body part that is lost due to injury or illness, or because it was missing at birth.
The purpose of the prosthesis is to function as much as possible as the body part it replaced. This means that it must carry the load of the body and/or transfer power. But prostheses may also be applicable on purely aesthetic reasons.
There are several types of prostheses, including
This will always be made individually so that it is adapted to your body as well as possible. What the prosthesis should look like and what functions it should have depends on your possibilities and activity level.
If you are amputated below the knee, so that you still have your own knee joint, the prosthesis is attached to your calf. If you are amputated above or at the knee joint, the prosthetic socket will have an artificial knee joint and be attached to the thigh.
When the prosthesis replaces an important function we can make a conventional prosthesis that is controlled using wire or an electric prosthesis where the movements are controlled by electrodes. If the arm prosthesis is for purely cosmetic reasons we will emphasize making it as life- like as possible, and with the lowest possible weight.
When regular prostesis do not work well enough we can make a special prosthesis. For example, it can be a ski pole prosthesis that must be more flexible than a regular prosthesis, or prosthesis for running and swimming.
If you have not had a prosthesis before, or need a new one that is better adapted to your needs, you are welcome to a consultation with us. We have extensive experience in the development and adaptation of prosthetics and are comited to finding the best solution for you and your needs.
SHOES & FOOTBED
Shoe inserts that are individually adapted to the foot are called a footbed. Often the footbed is used together with special shoes. Insoles are ready made inserts, that are adapted to your needs.
The purpose of footbeds is to correct malalignment, relieve sore areas or distribute the load evenly under the sole of the foot.
Sore areas are not only limited to the feet. Pain in the back, pelvis, hips and knees may also be related to foot disorders or defects in walking function. In these cases, a footbed can alleviate pain and a help with a better everyday life.
The footbed is made after a footprint and a plaster cast or a scanning of the foot . For the footbed to function optimally, good and proper shoes are also required.
On average, each of us will go a distance equivalent to four laps around the earth during our lifetime, and for each step the foot is loaded by up to twice the body weight. Therefore it is important to take care of your feet!
If you are in pain and want to look at the possibility of a footbed or special shoes you are welcome to a consultation with us. We have extensive experience in the production and adaptation of inserts and shoes. Based on your specific needs, we find the type that is best for you.