Prosthetics & Orthotics
The process of correcting musculoskeletal disorders and deformities with external devices, such as braces and supports, is called orthosis. Orthotics are the devices used in this process. Orthosis leg bracing attaches orthotics to the lower limbs to restore or improve their function. Orthotics leg bracing provides control and support to correct deformities, improve motion, and reduce pain. In addition, orthotics also slows the progression of musculoskeletal problems and deformities.
Types of Orthosis Leg Bracing
Orthosis leg bracing can be used to stabilize joints, improve function, or limit mobility following an injury or surgical procedure. Several types of orthosis exist, including the foot and ankle boots you see after someone has broken or fractured a bone and the knee braces commonly used by athletes for added support. Orthotics are commonly used both to correct deformities and also to ensure proper healing following an injury or corrective surgery. Some common types or orthosis lower limb bracing include:
- Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)
- Knee Orthosis
- Knee, Ankle, Foot Orthosis (KAFO)
- Hip, Knee, Ankle, Foot Orthosis (HKAFO)
- Hip Abduction
Mobility Outreach International Makes Orthotics Accessible
When readily available and customized to fit each individual patient’s unique body type and size, orthotics can be a simple, convenient, and extremely effective solution to mobility problems. Along with our global partners, Mobility Outreach International strives to make high-quality orthotics leg bracing accessible to beneficiaries in our service areas to enable mobility, while also improving ongoing healthcare and healthcare infrastructure in the high-need regions we serve.
The loss of limbs occurs for many different reasons including traumatic injuries, serious illnesses, amputations, and birth defects. But no matter the reason for the loss, being without a limb severely limits mobility, hindering the individual’s ability to work, commute, and participate in normal activities. In addition, the physical imbalance created by the loss of a limb often causes additional musculoskeletal problems, which can be limiting and quite painful.
A Prosthetic Solution: The Artificial Leg
Regardless of an individual’s level of amputation (whether the limb loss occurred above or below the knee), a prosthetic leg can restore an individual’s ability to walk normally, to run and jump, and perform other mobile activities. Through our services, beneficiaries in our serviceable regions are able to work with local healthcare professionals to access an entire prosthetic leg fabrication and treatment system, including:
- prosthetic knee joints
- prosthetic ankle joints
An artificial leg is designed to replace a lost limb, while also restoring functionality and mobility. By providing artificial leg systems, physical therapy, and ongoing prosthetic repairs, we enable and restore mobility for our beneficiaries.
Mobility Outreach International Provides Children and Adults with Prosthetic Leg Services
Together with our global partners, Mobility Outreach International strives to improve mobility in under-resourced regions with a comprehensive list of mobility services. Whenever possible, we work with local medical professionals and manufacturing resources to create sustainable treatment models, improving both mobility and local infrastructure. With our local artificial leg manufacturers, we work to provide beneficiaries with comfortable and durable prostheses crafted by local hands with regional materials.