DYNAMIC KAFO

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JUST TO REVIEW
When you put the KAFO'S on your child, do the following:

1.Your child should be wearing a long, snug sock, tights, or pajamas. Care should be taken to minimize wrinkles in the areas where the orthosis will be applying pressure onto your child's legs and feet.


 


 
The knee joint of the orthosis should be locked at about 90 degrees so that you can bend your child's leg and bring his knee up toward his chest. Have your child lay on their back with their knee and hip flexed. This is with the knee towards the chest.

 


 


 
2.Secure the straps and pad at the ankle first. Your Orthotist gave you specific instructions as to which straps to fasten first and which side to tuck the pad into. When the ankle straps are secure, check the peek hole to make sure that the heel is seated all the way back and down into the orthosis.


 


 


 
3.With the heel seated correctly into the orthosis, unlock the knee joint and bring the leg into as much extension(straighten) as it will go.

 


 
Position the pre-tibial shell around the knee with the Velcro straps. You should be able to feel the Patella (knee cap) through the padding in between the plastic plates.

 


 


 
4.Be sure that the knee joint is operating properly and that all parts of the orthosis are correctly aligned. Look into the peek hole at the heel to make sure that the heel is all the way into the orthosis. The sock should be pressing against the padding around the peek hole.

 


 
5.Pull available slack out of socks or tights to make sure that no wrinkles are forming in areas of pressure. Pull the sock out at the toe area as well to insure that they are not cramped.



 


 
5.Pull available slack out of socks or tights to make sure that no wrinkles are forming in areas of pressure. Pull the sock out at the toe area as well to insure that they are not cramped.

6. Check your child’s KAFO'S while they are sleeping to be sure they are getting a stretch. Adjust the knee joints according to comfort first, then stretch with the tool you were given. Do not increase the tension by more than one full number per week. Check your child's feet and legs for any red marks or pressure areas and call us immediately with any questions or problems.

MORE REMINDERS
The KAFO'S should be kept clean -wash out with soap and water as needed. Air dry.

The nighttime stretch KAFO'S are not made for walking and should only be worn during down time.

If the Velcro wears out, contact us and we will replace it for no charge.

As with all orthoses, putting them on correctly is very important to insuring their comfort and effectiveness. As the parent, you are responsible for making sure that any one who will be putting the orthosis on your child is capable of doing it correctly.

Please call our Grand Rapids office if you have any other questions or problems. (616)956-5556