Jon & Jean Reynolds Fellow in Prosthetics & Orthotics
Maughan Prosthetic & Orthotic |
July 12, 2020
Another week has passed and left me filled with joy, confidence, and reassurance. This week was a bit different from my previous weeks because our head practitioner Justin Maughan was out of the office for vacation. With Justin gone we had a bit of a slower week with less patient appointments and more time spent in the lab. To go along with the shift in pace I had this week, my blog is going to take a shift too. This week I want to show you some of the projects we worked on and take you on a little fabrication journey.
To start it off I want to share an ankle-foot orthotic (AFO) we made and delivered this week that we were especially proud of. This AFO is designed to provide the patient with stability and to improve their gait. I observed each step of this AFO being made, helping wherever I could. Our technician was proud of this AFO because it was stiff in the ankle, providing support, bendy at the top for ease of getting the brace on, and it was light. The trim lines were done perfectly and the AFO fit the patients leg and fit into the shoe with no adjustments needed. As the patient left the office wearing it his gait was already looking better.
Next I want to present an above knee (AK) prosthetic. Above knee prosthetics are more complicated and less common than below knee prosthetics. We were fixing the straps on this AK prosthetic.
Now that you have seen a finished AFO, it is time to learn more about the process of making one. The patient this AFO is being made for has a plantar flexion contraction, meaning that she is unable to flatten her foot on the floor. To account for this we are putting a large lift in the AFO.
This AFO is still in progress and has not yet been finished. I have really enjoyed making this AFO and I have learned so much along the way. I look forward to being apart of the rest of the fabrication journey and seeing how the final AFO helps the patient.
Outside of the office this week I was able to drive out to Quilcene, Washington to visit a coworker. Quilcene looks like it came straight off the pages of a fairy tale! The mountains can be seen peeking up over the trees, the water is shimmering, and I even drove down a road with tree that look like a tunnel over you.