PFA can treat wounds and injuries that are proving difficult to heal. By using methods such as soft cast bracing to relieve pressure, we can help speed up the healing process and prevent problems recurring. This is especially useful for patients with diabetes who may be at risk from neuropathic ulcers or other tissue viability problems.
The soft cast system involves creating a custom device that uses circumferential containment of the calf and foot to partially suspend the foot upon a total contact insole. The insole is designed to redistribute the peak plantar pressures, effectively spreading the load over a larger surface area. To allow a more natural heel to toe roll over and symmetrical gait, a custom rocker sole is built onto the device.
The soft cast system is currently used to allow individuals to ambulate with the following conditions:
The soft cast system is often used as a treatment phase before definitive orthotics are finalized.
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