More Orthotics Info
What does a scoliosis brace look like? Horton’s visual guide can help explain the differences between each type of scoliosis brace. A scoliosis brace is not always necessary to correct curving spines, but many orthopedic doctors prescribe them to impede the growth of spinal curves in adolescents. Bracing is usually recommended as a midway point […]
As a new amputee, you and your loved ones understandably have a lot of questions. Find answers from the certified prosthetists on your team at Horton’s. Adjusting to life as a new amputee is never seamless: Even with support from family and the best in prosthesis technology, there are going to be inherent challenges and struggles […]
Depending on whether your foot actually looks flat or only flattens when it strikes the ground, it can be hard to tell if you have fallen arches. If your wet foot leaves an almost entire imprint on a dry surface, you likely have fallen arches. Along with this “wet test,” several other indicators will let you know when you need to consider wearing orthotics for flat feet to give you support and relief any pain.
On May 11, 2013, Allan D. McElhaney was riding his motorcycle around 45 miles per hour in Rose City, Arkansas, when he was hit by an 88-year-old man leaving his driveway. He had traumatic brain damage, three stokes, a broken jaw, broken teeth, and a dislocated eye, along with losing his left leg at the knee. He was kept in an induced coma at the beginning of his recovery, only to wake up thinking it was 1972 and that he had no wife or children. It took time before all of his long-term memories returned, and he still has problems with his short-term memory.
But to Allan, you would never know any of this about him unless you read the accident report or saw pictures of him in the hospital (neither of which he has seen to this day).
While adults with cerebral palsy often have years of physical and occupational therapy to help them with walking freely or feeding themselves, children with cerebral palsy haven’t yet attained those learned abilities. About 80% of children with cerebral palsy cope with spasticity, which causes certain muscles to continuously contract and spasm, interfering with even the simplest movements. Orthotic devices can help children with cerebral palsy control and redirect spasticity to gain more independence.
A stiff back, uncooperative knee, tired leg, or sore foot are all issues that the right orthotic treatment could potentially relieve. Technology has ensured orthotics are more readily available than ever before, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all orthotics are created equal. In fact, using the “wrong” orthotics can actually exacerbate pain or discomfort over time, even if they seem to relieve it in the short term. Unlike most generic shoe inserts, knee braces, or elbow splints you can find online or in retail stores, custom-made orthotics are prescribed to treat a specific condition and fit your body. With all the orthotic options you have, how do you make sure you’re making the right choice?
A custom prosthetic leg allows you to slowly regain mobility and return to your favorite activities after undergoing an above-knee or below-knee amputation. Learning to use your new prosthesis effectively involves following a number of steps over a course of several months. As you learn how to walk and regain your independence, your Arkansas prosthetist will be there for you every step of the way.
Prosthetic limbs may be artificial, but when custom-made, they become realistic appliances that replace arms or legs lost to serious disease, congenital disorders, or trauma. The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics licenses those who measure, design, fabricate, fit, and service prosthetic limbs as a prosthetist. Working closely with a patient’s physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and surgeons, the prosthetists at Horton’s in Arkansas assist amputees and those with limb loss in regaining overall mobility, limb functionality, and quality of life by providing them with custom prosthetic legs, arms, or hands.
Custom orthotics fill a great need for people who suffer from mobility-limiting injuries and diseases, but much of the incredible work found in the field is done behind closed doors in orthotic labs around the world. Have you ever wondered where technology and medicine intersect? You can see it happening every day through the technology used in orthotics fabrication.
Many orthotists, including those in the Horton’s family, are on a constant, ongoing quest to better patients’ lives through innovation. The goal is to provide better braces, footwear, and other devices with more customization, durability, and capability than ever before in history. This work starts by utilizing some intricate technology and continuing to push boundaries.
Receiving a scoliosis diagnosis can be the first step in a long period of treatment in order to stop the spine from becoming any more curved. While everyone’s spine does curve to some degree, the extent of the curve is what causes concern. When scoliosis is treated using a scoliosis back brace at a young age, it is possible to stop the spinal curve from progressing any further. Left untreated, scoliosis will continue to become more serious as a child grows up.
Foot-related diabetes issues can quickly worsen and lead to serious complications or even amputation. Because diabetes is the leading cause of lower extremity amputations due to issues like nerve damage, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), foot ulcers, and infections, your health hinges on having a solid understanding of common diabetic amputation risk factors and how to prevent them.
Our team of certified orthotists can custom fit and fabricate a range of orthotic devices to support your joints and muscles.
Our expert prosthetists can custom design and fabricate prostheses that fit any patient’s specific needs for each stage of life, plus unique options for a variety of sports activities.
Our pedorthists can design and fit custom foot orthotics to treat your chronic foot or ankle problems.
We can design and provide pediatric orthotic and prosthetic devices that treat conditions specifically for children.
We provide pre-fabricated and individually-fitted post-mastectomy items like breast forms, bras, and camisoles to meet your needs after breast cancer surgery.
We provide a full range of compression garments that are extremely beneficial in the treatment of lymphedema.
We released the stance control orthotic knee joint (SCOKJ), a type of stance control orthosis, in 2001 to allow for a more natural knee stance and easier movement.