December 24, 2012
Orthopedic Leg Braces Give Kids a Second Chance to an Active Life
The world loves seeing children while they go about their senseless making of noise, having fun, running about, and falling from time to time. Their laughter is music to our ears. A home without a kid is silent. So, it is really heartbreaking when children could not do all these because of congenital or accidental injuries. When they are bound on a wheelchair and missing all these fun, our heart goes out to them.
Keg braces are devices that do not really hold up a child. Rather, it helps to keep joints straight and immobile. This actually makes the bone support the weight of the upper body. The device also ensures that the legs stay in correct positions to prevent the growth of unwanted tissues that can lead to deformities and further discomfort.
Braces that Make a Difference
Having bone deformities still a child. Thus, it is important that kids get prompt and proper treatment. Certain injuries can be temporary. There are injuries that require surgeries to correct, deformities (osteotomy), to rebuild joints (arthoplasty), to make a revision joint surgery, to replace kneecaps or joints, or bone fusion (arthrodesis).
Orthopedic leg braces are common devices that are used to promote effective healing. These are important for post-surgical healing and for therapeutic purposes. There are congenital deformities and deformities caused by injuries that cannot be corrected anymore. These kids are fitted with leg braces that will help them walk to enjoy an “almost normal” life.
Not all braces are made equal. These can be made from several kinds of materials like metals, carbon fibre, elastics, fabric, plastic, or a combination of these materials. These can be bought as a generic fit in multiple sizes and designs. However, those who can afford and especially those who will be in orthoses for a long time must be customized leg braces that can offer greater comfort because of the better fit.
For kids in certain poor nations, however, they just have to contend with whatever is available. Plastic is good because it is lightweight. The disadvantage is being more breakable that can leave plastic splinters on one’s leg. In addition, kids grow faster, so they easily outgrow their orthopedic leg braces. In underdeveloped nations, this is taking away food from the table.
The Four Leg Brace Types
1) A short, below-the-knee brace best serves a person with a very fragile weak ankle, which has the tendency to “roll” outward or inward. This is also useful when the purpose is preventing a lift on the front of the foot when walking.
2) A full-leg brace can help a person with a weak knee that bends forward or backward when weight is applied. This also helps if the leg cannot support any weight at all. With a brace the leg can be kept straight when walking or doing some other leg movements. It prevents the user from using a cane for support or from seeking support or holding the injured leg in every step.
3) An extended or lengthened brace that connects to a belt above the hip is particularly useful for a person whose legs turn in or out due to weak hip muscles. The presence of a belt forces the legs and the braces to be in proper alignment.
4) A leg brace extended to chest level and connected to a metal-reinforced leather corset can help a person with weak lower back muscles that cannot support or keep the body upright. At the hip, there is a hinge that functions in supporting the torso to remain straight when walking, but which is released when one has to sit down.
These orthopedic leg braces cannot replace the perfect legs that kids need to be able to pursue their childish things actively. Yet, these substitutes or replacements are good enough than be locked in wheelchairs or beds for life.