At Evergreen Prosthetics & Orthotics we are committed to fitting you with the off-the-shelf and custom-fit orthotic devices which best suit your lifestyle and future goals. Every individual has unique needs regarding function, durability, comfort and appearance of an orthotic and our mission is to work directly with you and your team of medical professionals to fulfill these needs.
Orthotic devices range from shoe inserts to back braces to infant helmets, each serving a unique function. Orthotics are usually prescribed to prevent existing problems from becoming more severe, but they can also increase mobility, reduce pain or shorten rehabilitation time.
An “orthotic” is generally called a brace and can be any device used to support the body, correct deformity or stabilize weakened structure(s). Many are designed to enhance one’s ability to walk and or function following injury, disease or general weakness.
Evergreen’s Orthotists are all certified by the American Board of Certification. Our Orthotists have an average of 14 years of experience in the field and are experts in bracing and mobility designs.
Orthotics can be useful in the treatment of various diseases and may be recommended by many healthcare providers.
Most braces focus on preventing motion that causes pain and or redirecting forces that are damaging to a joint. Because arthritis affects so many parts of the body, there are many different types of braces that help patients suffering arthritis. These include custom foot orthotics, ankle braces, knee braces (sometimes called “unloader braces”), TLSO and LSO back braces, neck braces, and hand and elbow braces. We fit custom and off the shelf compression stockings to address swelling concerns.
Evergreen can even modify shoes to help somebody walk better that has a deformed foot. Evergreen’s Orthotists are all Certified and have extensive training with arthritis that allow them to identify the problem, design a solution and fit the patient properly. Any brace on the market can be fit by Evergreen or we will custom design a brace to solve the patient’s problem if needed.
Orthotic treatment depends on the area of the body and the severity of the disorder that is in question. Therapists and doctors work with an orthotist to design braces that allow patients to walk again in a safe way. Upper extremities are sometimes affected and we design and fit braces to increase function or prevent deformity.
Neurosurgeons also treat patients who suffer from Strokes or other diseases that affect people’s ability to function and walk. Orthotists work with these patients and will fit and design braces that support weakened structures and or correct deformity caused by muscle imbalances, muscle spasms or joint contractures.
Evergreen’s Orthotists work closely with these doctors and have expertise that allows us to collaborate with the doctors and come up with solutions to very difficult orthopedic problems. Some of the more common referrals we receive from Orthopedic and Podiatric doctors are custom foot orthotics, ankle braces, lower leg braces, knee braces, hip braces, spinal braces , and upper limb braces, and head and neck braces.
Proper fitting of these braces requires a solid knowledge of all braces on the market, what the doctor’s goal of treatment is, what the length of time the device will be used, and any special considerations that will affect the prescription. Evergreen’s Orthotists have the ability to custom design any brace if the solution requires us to. Each of our clinics has a fabrication lab where we can make any device or adjust the device as needed in house.
Many conditions have a pattern that can be used to help predict what problems will occur in the future and allows us to better design a brace to meet those concerns. Below are a few examples of how braces can be helpful with a few of these conditions. ( It is not possible to discuss all the diseases and pathologies in this website, but we do provide free consultations if a patient has a condition and would like to know if wearing a brace would help increase function or allow safer ambulation).
Physical Therapists are primary healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives.
Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Orthotists often work closely with physical therapists to provide the necessary orthotic (brace) to enable a patient to perform daily activities more effectively or by limiting the likelihood of re-injury to a body part.
Typically Evergreen’s Orthotists evaluate MS patients and determine what issues need to be solved. Once we have a goal in place we will design an appropriate brace to help somebody walk better and or function at a higher level. Common symptoms include: fatigue, weakness, drop foot, tone, and decreased coordination.