Post Stroke Orthotic Treatments
There are orthotic treatments available to help stroke survivors with mobility through treatment and rehabilitation and beyond.
Our blood vessels carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain. A stroke occurs when there is a blockage caused by a clot (an ischemic stroke) or a rupture (a hemorrhagic stroke) that obstructs the flow of blood.
When the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients, brain cells die and the damage can vary from mild to severe – or can even be fatal.
According to the American Stroke Association, almost 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year (about three-quarters of these are first-time strokes and the remainder a subsequent one). While you might think this is something that only happens to adults, the ASA says estimates of strokes indicate that 6.4 of every 100,000 children up to the age of 15 have a stroke each year.
Among Americans, stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability.
Those who survive a stroke experience a wide variety of outcomes. Some people suffer mild effects while others can be quite life-changing.
For those who have strokes that impact their mobility, orthotics can be a very important aspect of their treatment, rehabilitation, and even life post-stroke.
Orthotists will assess each client’s individual abilities and challenges to determine if orthotics will help. Common problems after a stroke include:
● Stiff muscles that don’t work as they should, for example, calf muscles or muscles in the upper extremities
● Lack of stability in the knee or the hip
● Weakness on one side or in the ankles
● Incorrect positioning of the ankle
● Foot drop
● Challenge achieving a normal gait
Specially fitted custom orthotics can help stroke survivors maintain their range of motion and stabilize their upper and lower extremities. They can also help to correct positioning to improve their gait as they move.
Many stroke patients find ankle-foot orthotics greatly improve their stability and efficiency while walking, which also increases feelings of safety and security.
Foot-drop is a common problem for stroke survivors and an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is also recommended to help relieve the difficulties of foot-drop. Similarly, prescriptions for custom orthotics can offer help for stroke survivors with difficulties in the wrist or hand (or both).
Visit Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics to see if a custom orthotics can help alleviate the symptoms of stroke. Our orthotists have been providing expert orthotics services and follow-up care in Michigan since 1955 and we have more than 20 locations, including Traverse City, Cadillac, Petoskey, and Marquette.