Besides basic functions as protection, correction and improvement of limited functions, modern orthoses can be adapted quite well to the patient's needs. At lower extremity orthoses for patients with paralysis, the orthosis joints at knee and ankle height mainly assume this function.
Other than earlier, rigid apparatus which often meant a severe limitation of the range of motion and fitted like a "knight's armour", today's orthoses support the range of motion. When worn under clothes, they are almost invisible.
Although an orthosis is used locally, its effects can be noticed throughout the whole body. Back and shoulder pain are often the result of the patient adopting a bad posture for pain relief or caused by a pathological gait. Medical care, physiotherapy and an optimal orthotic treatment can enable the patient to live an almost unrestricted life.
Patients with leg paralysis cannot walk anymore as they used to, which results in shuffling, stumbling and, in the worst case, a fall. Besides the physical limitation, you also have to consider the psychological impact.
The joints are crucial for an orthosis for patients with paralysis. Depending on their functions and adjustments, walking can be facilitated or even enabled for people wearing orthoses.