Category Archives: Special Section

August 2014

SureStep SMO

The SureStep SMO remains the most advanced method of controlling excessive pronation and providing stability to the hypotonic population. Suitable for patients up to 80 lbs. Continue reading

August 2014

BigShot/BigShot Lite

A growing child means eventually outgrowing the original SureStep SMO. The BigShot and BigShot Lite are the perfect solutions for older children who still need the stability of SureStep. Continue reading

August 2014

Indy 2 Stage

A uniquely designed orthosis developed to help children reach their potential. This exceptional “orthosis within an orthosis” allows for the SureStep SMO to be utilized independent of the AFO. Children can work through a variety of transitional skills without impeding normal muscle function. Continue reading

August 2014

PullOver & Advanced

The SureStep PullOver is an amazing tool that not only facilitates improved stability of the foot and ankle complex using a SureStep SMO, but it is also the only SMO that incorporates a true dorsiflexion assist through the use of a removable proximal strut. Continue reading

August 2014

HEKO & HEKO PreFab

SureStep HEKO is the first and only pediatric hyper extension knee orthosis to incorporate a 4-axis knee hinge, for smooth, anatomically correct flexion and extension. This exceptional device provides localized control of the knee, preventing hyperextension, valgus and varus, while allowing full flexion and extension. With adjustable extension stops, the HEKO offers up to 30 degrees of adjustability. Continue reading

August 2014

Criss Crossers & De-Rotation Straps

The first and only device developed to discourage w-sitting, Criss Crossers use a unique audio cue to remind children to change their position. Continue reading

August 2014

TLSO

The SureStep TLSO has redefined spinal management. The soft, flexible plastic serves well to create improved upright positioning, while still allowing for slight movement in all planes. Continue reading

August 2014

Shoes/Sandals

SureStep shoes have been custom designed specifically for children who wear orthoses. Their wider, deeper heel, toe box and instep allow for adequate room and a comfortable fit. The unique tread promotes intrinsic movement and flexibility while a special “cut-line” allows for easy shoe modifications. Continue reading

August 2014

Components

SureStep HEKO Hinge, SureStep DA Hinge, SureStep Rivet Press, SureStep Free Motion Hinge & SureStep Dorsiflexion Assist Band Continue reading

August 2014

Defining Culture

“Enriching and transforming lives through compassionate care and innovation” is our company mission statement. As our focus is on the pediatric special needs population, it’s pretty easy to stay attentive to that mission. Continue reading

August 2014

Robotic ankle training for CP transitions from lab to clinic

A robotic system developed at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), previously shown to have efficacy in a research lab setting, is also effective when used in a physical therapy clinic for ankle training in children with…

By Hank Black Continue reading

August 2014

Early focus on gross motor skills may benefit children with autism

In children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), lower fine and gross motor skills are associated with higher disease severity scores, according to new research that supports the concept of earlier motor skills intervention in this population.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

August 2014

BMI does not drop after surgical realignment for Blount disease

Surgical correction of the varus alignment that is characteristic of Blount disease does not lead to greater patient activity or reduction in body mass index (BMI), according to a recent study.

By Hank Black Continue reading

August 2014

Understanding Hypotonia

Diagnostic challenges should not delay clinical intervention – Hypotonia, or abnormally low muscle tone, is by itself not a disorder but a symptom of an enormous array of issues—many of which can be difficult to diagnose accurately.

By Christina Hall Nettles Continue reading

August 2014

Gait: The Cornerstone of Intervention

Quantifying the effects of hypotonia starts in the clinic – Effective management of children with hypotonia requires an understanding of how the condition affects gait. Clinicians typically rely on their professional experience when discussing the effects of hypotonia on gait in pediatric patients, partly because they trust that experience…

By Cary Groner Continue reading

August 2014

The Importance of Gross Motor Skills

Early intervention can help provide a solid foundation – Many kids with Down syndrome, autism, and other neurological conditions may experience biomechanical limitations in the form of delayed development of gross motor skills. One of the drivers of that delay can be hypotonia.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

August 2014

Orthotic Solutions for Children with Hypotonia

New research underscores years of positive clinical results – When it comes to orthotic management of pediatric patients with hypotonia, the medical literature is only beginning to document the effectiveness that clinicians have been reporting anecdotally for years.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

August 2014

An unexpected path, an invaluable perspective

For this family, one tiny extra chromosome led to a journey of self discovery – When our son was born, we prayed for a healthy baby with 10 fingers and 10 toes. Our prayers were answered. Three years later, those same prayers were said for baby number two. And, once again, our prayers were answered.

By Suzi Klimek Continue reading

August 2014

Orthotic success stories: Four cases in a series

Each child in this case series was assessed every other week for 16 weeks (12 weeks for one patient who moved out of state) to determine mastery of items 23, 26-28, 30-39, 41, 42, and 45 (ranging from “pull to stand” to “run”) on the Peabody Developmental Motor Scale. Test instructions were modified as needed for children to understand them …

By Megan Smith, CO Continue reading

August 2014

Prevention of ACL injuries targets youngest athletes

Some evidence suggests that neuromuscular training before puberty can help further reduce anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury rates. But young children respond differently to instruction than their older counterparts, which means early intervention requires some creativity.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

August 2014

Outcome studies continue to support Ponseti method

Clubfoot researchers have begun to report long-term data that continue to solidify the superiority of the conservative method over surgical intervention in most cases. But variations to the traditional Ponseti method are arising, particularly in developing countries, and may alter outcomes.

By Larry Hand Continue reading

July 2014

Pluses and minuses of additive and subtractive approaches

Practitioners and orthotic laboratory owners at the fourth annual Orthotics Technology Forum (OTF) thinking about switching from traditional design and manufacture methods to digital technology got an up-close look…

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

July 2014

Documenting CAD-CAM’s clinical relevance

Foot orthoses made with advanced design and manufacturing technologies aren’t just technically impressive—they’re also clinically relevant, according to the results of two studies presented in June by…

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

May 2014

Plaster outranks other pediatric casting materials for moldability

Sometimes, even when new treatment materials are available, it may be better to rely on traditional options. Such may be the case when it comes to choosing a molding material to form casts for children with clubfoot or fractures.

By Larry Hand Continue reading

May 2014

Risks of overuse, burnout extend to youth athletes

Despite the slim odds of securing an athletic scholarship and the even slimmer prospect of playing professional sports, there’s an overemphasis today on success in competitive youth sports, including specialization and…

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading