Braces are devices which hold the extremities in a stable position. The goals of bracing are to increase function, prevent deformity, keep the joint in the functional position, stabilize the trunk and extremities, facilitate selective motor control, decrease spasticity and protect the extremity from injury in the postoperative phase. Their design and use requires an understanding of human biomechanics. Indications differ according to the age, selective motor control level, type of deformity and functional prognosis of the child. The physician writes the prescription and the orthotist manufactures the brace. Braces are custom-made from a plaster model of the child's extremity and fabricated with plastic materials. The orthosis should be easy to use, most importantly, it should provide and increase functional independence. Children should easily accept and use an orthosis which carries the above characteristics. Children will resist braces if the brace interferes with function. Do not insist if the child does not want to use the brace. Indications change as the child's functional status changes. Foot Support evaluates the child at predetermined intervals and renew the braces regularly as the child grows.
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