Clinical Corner: Components that are Flexible and Easy to Adjust
Written by Nina Bondre, CPO, FAAOP, Cascade Clinical Educator
It’s great to have choices and flexibility when possible in patient care since the human body is not static. Components that can accommodate these changes and the ever fluid needs of patients can make life easier both for practitioners and patients. Below we have highlighted some key components available in the Cascade Product Portfolio.
The Xtend® Connect from Lindhe Xtend® allows for quick and easy changes between prosthetic components. It can be used at both the above knee or below knee levels. This product is not only indicated for patients with multiple prostheses or multiple feet, but also to help with activities of daily living. Patients can disconnect their foot to get dressed more easily, or disconnect components to facilitate sitting on the ground. It is waterproof and appropriate for pool and saltwater use.
- Quick Fit Unit and Base Unit are both required
- Minimal extra “build height”
- Available in Standard and HD
- Weight Limit: 220lbs (99kg) (Standard), 330lbs (149kg) (HD)
The ST&G Meridian® Ankle Joint is a limited motion ankle joint with easily adjustable range of motion that can be incorporated into a custom molded thermoplastic AFO. The practitioner can lock the ankle joint within a 60 degree dorsi/plantar range. This ankle joint is ideal for managing contractures as the range of motion can be adjusted without exchanging any parts.
- Stainless Steel
- Low profile design
The Becker Camber Axis Hinge ankle joint is for custom molded thermoplastic AFOs that can be used to manage contractures or changing patient status. There are 7 color-coded keys that can be inserted in the ankle joint that have different shapes, which each allow a certain range of motion. With this ankle joint, there is no need to have a posterior stop included.
- Eliminates the need for posterior stop mechanisms
- Permits solid ankle or variable anterior/posterior stop settings
- Component selection should be determined by the orthotist after considering individual patient weight, gait, and activity levels
Have questions? Reach out to Nina Bondre, CPO, FAAOP, Clinical Educator at email@example.com.