Our orthotic services are designed to enhance your life after injury or illness.
As your body and circumstances change, your orthosis needs can evolve.
We offer life-long support through our specialty services and programs. We serve patients of all ages, including infants, children, teens and adults.
Before you visit Mary Free Bed, your physician will evaluate your condition and write a prescription for an orthosis. Examples of orthoses include:
• Ankle-foot orthoses
• Burn masks
• Cranial reshaping helmets
• Fracture orthoses
• Foot orthotics
• Foot inserts and custom shoes
• Hip orthoses
• Knee orthoses
• Knee-ankle-foot orthoses
• Reciprocating gait orthoses
• Spinal and cervical orthoses
• Sports braces
• Wrist-hand orthoses
During your first visit at Orthotics & Prosthetics Services, an orthotist will conduct a complete evaluation, looking at your medical history and talking about your activities. He or she will take measurements and may take an impression, if necessary.
Our expert technicians will prepare your orthosis in our extensive on-site lab. They may create a custom fabrication, or adjust a stock product to fit your body. It’s all about finding the solution that will best meet your needs.
Orthotics Fitting and Instruction
Function and comfort are key when fitting your orthosis. You’ll receive clear instructions on how to use and care for your orthosis. A Mary Free Bed therapist can offer additional support if you’re in need of training or other assistance.
Your orthosis may need adjustments or even replacements from time to time. This is especially true as you age, or you have changes in your lifestyle or physical condition. Having a close working relationship with your orthotist can help you to stay comfortable and mobile.
Accidents happen. Wear and tear is inevitable. Our orthotics team offers repair services to keep your orthosis in good working order.
Our pedorthists have decades of experience and are certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics. They can help you to find the right solution from our complete line of custom and stock foot orthotics such as:
• Multidensity, soft Plastazote® and semi-rigid foam
• Rigid polypro and UCBL custom foot orthoses
• Therapeutic shoes, custom shoes, post-operative shoes and shoe modifications
Whether you’re an older adult managing diabetes, or a high-performing athlete, our expert care is available to protect your foot health and prevent more serious conditions in the future.
Our pediatric orthotists work closely with your family and your child’s physicians, therapists and educational professionals to provide your child with the most appropriate orthotic technology. Custom pediatric orthoses include:
• Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO)
• Custom plagiocephaly helmets
• Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis (KAFO)
• Night positioning orthoses
• Reciprocating Gait Orthosis (RGO)
• Supra Malleolar Orthosis (SMO)
• Standing frames
• Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral Orthosis (TLSO)
We expedite services for recent surgeries, serial castings and Botox for fracture patients. Our pediatric orthotists attend cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spasticity, scoliosis, spinal cord injury and spina bifida clinics. These compassionate professionals stay current with pediatric best practices by annually attending pediatric seminars and in-services.
Plagiocephaly (sometimes called “flat head syndrome”) can be a great source of anxiety for new parents. Cranial remolding helmets are special orthotic devices that can help your infant if he or she has deformational plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, scaphocephaly or another head shape deformity.
The helmet works by applying gentle, constant pressure to redirect your baby’s skull growth. It’s best to begin using a plagiocephaly helmet as early as possible, usually when your child is 4 to 5 months old.
Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics is one of the nation’s leading providers of Orthomerica cranial remolding orthoses. We use a STARscanner to scan your baby’s head. This painless process takes less than two seconds and ensures a custom fit for your baby’s helmet. It also eliminates the need to cast a child’s head. We were the 7th facility in the country to install this system and have installed a second scanner in our Holland office.
Your baby’s orthotist will use the digital scanning technology to measure your baby’s head shape and create a custom helmet. The goal is to achieve maximum possible symmetry over a 3 to 5 month period. Our system is FDA approved and is minimally intrusive for your child. We use computer scans to digitally measure and compare pre- and post-treatment results.
Scoliosis, a lateral curvature of the spine, affects millions of Americans. This potentially debilitating condition usually appears during adolescence, typically when a child is anywhere from 9 to 14 years old. A scoliosis brace can be beneficial if the curve progresses to 25-45 degrees.
Your physician will use a number of factors to determine how and when bracing would be beneficial to prevent further progression of the spinal curve. This will be based on the effect of the curve on your back pain, breathing and any disfigurement. A Mary Free Bed orthotist will provide comprehensive scoliosis services if your doctor prescribes a brace.
Scoliosis orthoses include:
• TLSO style designs
Once your customized spinal orthosis is fit, the orthotist will give you information on how to care for it, when to wear it and any necessary follow-up care.
We offer a variety of braces used by athletes during sports and recreation or for treating sports injuries:
• Face fracture masks
We can provide either off-the-shelf or custom braces and many of these braces are covered by insurance.
Stance Control Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthoses
If you have a weak lower limb, we offer two orthotic designs that can provide knee stability. These orthoses – the UTX and the E-Knee – allow you to walk with your knee free during the swing phase of your gait. They’re also designed to help you conserve your energy.
Each design has its own distinct features, advantages and potential drawbacks. Your physician and other members of your rehabilitation team can help determine if either is right for you. You’ll undergo a thorough evaluation to ensure you have the strength, range of motion and coordination required to operate the system. Intense physical therapy is necessary to help you get the most out of the technology. These knee joints may not be covered by all insurances.
Foot drop may be a problem for you if you’ve sustained damage to the pathways to your spinal cord. The WalkAide System is a lower leg neuroprosthetic device designed to counter this form of leg paralysis or weakness. The system electrically stimulates the appropriate nerves and muscles in your leg to let you walk more naturally and efficiently. It’s a non-surgical treatment option that’s easy to use.
The WalkAide System uses advanced sensor technology to analyze your leg and foot movement. The system uses this data to time when you’ll receive stimulations to flex your foot. Some of the benefits of the system include:
• Improved gait
• Increased mobility, strength and endurance
• Decreased energy expenditure
• Slowed/prevented/reversed muscle atrophy
• Greater joint range of motion
• Increased confidence walking in crowds and on uneven surfaces and while climbing stairs
• Reduced incidence of injury
• Increased circulation
• Muscle re-education
• Maintained or increased bone density
• Strengthened damaged central nervous system pathways and muscle/spinal circuits