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2. 2 Walking Aids And Orthotics 3. Presenters: Afifa Munaf Jaweriah Mahmood Fatima Bhutto Presented to: Sir Saad 3 4. 4 Walking walking together with its variants is a skilled coordinated action which involves many joints and muscles. The whole sensory input is involved in walking 5. 5 Muscles involved in walking flexors and extensors of the toes planterflexors and dorsiflexors of the ankle flexors and extensors of the knee and hip 6. 6 Walking Aids These are the appliances which may be a means of transferring weight from upper limb to the ground or which may be used to assist balance. 7. Continued.. Factors involved in choosing walking aids: age of patient their disability general physical condition 7 8. 8 Walking Aids equipments The broad subdivision of walking aids would be between: frames crutches sticks 9. 9 Walking frames Have very wide base Very stable Commonly used in elderly 10. 10 Types of walking frames Rigid frames folding frames reciprocal frames forearm supporting frames wheeled frames 11. 11 Rigid frames It needs to be adjusted to the correct height patient stand upright with the elbows flexed at approximately 15 degrees The frames should be of light material i.e. aluminum. 12. 12 Folding frames These frames are useful if the patient is regularly transported by the car. Folding frames may either be: three-legged 13. 13 Reciprocal frames Useful for those patients who find it difficult lifting a traditional frame. It is hinged at the front. 14. 14 Forearm supporting frames These may also be called pulpit or gutter frames. They allow walking training of patients who has difficulty in weight-bearing through the upper 15. 15 Wheeled frames Most standard adjustable height walking frames The front extension legs are replaced with small wheeled legs. They encourage a more normal gait pattern They lack stability 16. 16 Rollators Have two fixed wheels at the front and two ferrules at the rear. It is stable but not very maneuverable. Can be awkward in tight spaces and corners 17. 17 Walking patterns with a frame patient lifts the frame forward transfers their weight onto it takes two steps up to the frame keep the frame well forwards place all four legs of frame at a time on ground 18. 18 Crutches 19. 19 A crutch is a mobility aid that transfers weight from the legs to the upper body. The muscles of the arms, shoulders, back, and chest work together to manipulate the crutches 20. 20 Categories of crutches 1.Axillary or underarm crutches: These are usually prescribed when non- weight bearing gait is required The axillary top is rested against the chest wall while the bulk of the patients weight is borne through the hands. 21. 21 2.Elbow crutches or forearm crutches These are the most functional type of crutches and are suitable for both non and partial weight bearing gaits. it consists of a metal cuff and a handle fixed at 97 degrees 22. 22 3.Forearm/gutter crutches Useful for the patients who are unable to use normal handgrips Velcro straps fix the forearm into the tough and weight is applied via the forearm 23. 23 Walking sticks Provide support for the patients with good grip and sound joints of the upper limb Suitable for partial weight bearing To be used in the contra lateral hand in most cases 24. 24 Tetrapods/tripods These are four or three-legged sticks which give greater stability than a traditional stick They are prescribed for the patient with poor balance and confidence Commonly used by hemiplegic patients Quite heavy as compared with the sticks and cant be used on stairs 25. 25 Tetrapod Tripod 26. Effects of walking Aids Increases confidence Relief of weight-bearing from affected leg Psychological support Relief of pain Provides support 26 27. Walking Aid Height Measure the height of walking aid, from the ulnar styloid to the ground, with the patient standing erect , shoulders relaxed & elbows flexed to 15. crutches must be settled at either 77% of reported height or height minus 16 inches. 27 28. Advantages of Contralateral Gait Reduce the force through affected leg Prevents tilting of the pelvis. Facilitates a reciprocal gait pattern. Provide stability as it has a greater BOS. 28 29. Advantages of Ipsilateral Gait If used in the dominant hand, feels more natural. May limit hip and knee flexion. Subjectively feels to offer more support as it is 29 30. Metabolic Cost of Walking Using Walking Aids A swing through gait with crutches requires a very high rate of physical effort compared with normal walking. 30 31. Continued.. With time, crutch users become adapted so that their energy expenditure & heart rate dec. as they become habitual walking aid users, suggesting the presence of both upper limb conditioning & training response. 31 32. 32 33. Forces through the Upper limbs when using Walking Aids If a person is utilizing a walking aid in a non- weight bearing or partial weight bearing manners, then most of the body weight will be transmitted through the upper arms via the walking aid to ground. 33 34. Continued.. Such a gait style creates joint moment forces on the shoulder of a similar magnitude to those on the hip joint during non-aided gait. 34 35. Pre-walking Exercise Programmes As crutch walking is a learned skill, the patient must demonstrate adequate muscle strength, balance & co-ordination. 35 36. Continued.. The strength of the upper extremities can be increased by weight-resistive exercises graduated springs, the use of theraband & PNF techniques, etc. Balance exercises can occur in bed or by mat work. 36 37. 37 38. Gait Patterns with Walking Aids 38 39. Swing-to Gait In this gait both crutches are brought forward together. The trunk & lower extremities lean forwards, weight is transferred to the upper limbs & walking aids & both lower limbs are lifted & swung forwards to the level of crutches 39 40. Continued 41. Swing-through Gait Both crutches are taken forward, then both lower limb are lifted & swung past the crutches, so that the crutches are left behind the point where the feet land on the floor. 41 42. Continued.. This gait is most commonly used by those with no lower limb control such as Spinal cord injury patients. Unsuitable for those with painful lower limbs. 42 43. Ipsilateral Two-point Gait with One Stick Stick in the ipsilateral hand is move forward, together with the affected leg. Followed by the non- affected leg. 43 44. Contralateral Two-point Gait with One Stick Contralateral hand and stick are moved, together with the affected leg. The weight is shared b/w the stick and affected side as the non-affected leg is brought through. 44 45. Three-point Gait It requires two walking aids, either crutches or sticks followed by the affected leg then unaffected leg. 45 46. Continued.. If a minimal weight-bearing gait is required, e.g toe touching only, then a delayed three point gait must be utilized where the walking aid makes contact with the ground before the affected leg touches the floor. 46 47. Continued.. Partial weight bearing is often prescribed in orthopaedic conditions, with a gradual progression on weight bearing over time. E.g uncemented hip arthroplasty. 47 48. Four-point Gait In this gait two walking aids are used, one for each leg. The right walking aid is put forward, followed by the left leg, then the left walking aid and the right leg. 48 49. Continued.. A Four-point gait is ideal for balance & as a step to relearning a normal reciprocal gait pattern. 49 50. Reciprocal Two-point Gait It uses two sticks, right leg and left stick being placed on the ground together, followed by left leg and right stick. It provides a style of walking that allows fast walking speeds to be achieved. 50 51. 51 Orthotics 52. 52 Orthotics (Greek: ortho, "to straighten" or "align") is a specialty within the medical field concerned with the design, manufacture and application of orthoses. An orthoses is a device applied directly and externally to the patients body with the object of supporting, correcting or compensating or an anatomical deformity or weakness 53. 53 Uses of orthoses Control, guide, limit and/or immobilize an extremity, joint or body segment To restrict movement in a given direction To assist movement generally To reduce weight bearing forces for a particular purpose. 54. 54 Foot orthoses Foot orthoses are specially designed shoe inserts that help support the feet and improve foot posture the foot is the point at which contact is made with the ground and reaction forces are generated 55. 55 1.Foot instability due to muscle weakness or imbalance A. weak supinators: On weight bearing, if supinators are weak it will result in a pronated foot 56. 56 Corrective measures Usage of medial flares Wedge building into an insole Heel cup or a flexible insole Medial flare Heel cups 57. 57 B.Weak pronators A foot with a weak or absent pronators will adopt a supinated position at foot contact. Correction: Valgus moment required by a lateral flare or a wedge 58. 58 C.Weak extensors/flexors Claw toes: it consists of subluxation at the metatarsophalangeal joint, and flexion at the proximal (and distal interphalangeal joints) 59. 59 Continued. Hammer toes: plantar flexion deformity of the proximal interphalangeal joint, the abnormal plantar flexion of the distal phalanx may occur. Corrective measures includes Moulding using polyurethane or silicone materials 60. Continued. Metatarsalgia:it is a condition marked by pain under the metatarsal heads You may experience metatarsalgia if you're physically active and you participate in activities that involve running and jumping 60