Services

Orthotics

Supporting your goals. 

Our orthotic services can help ease pain, assist or limit movement, promote rehabilitation, correct function and share or guide movement. 

As your body and circumstances change, your orthosis needs can evolve. We offer life-long support.

 

Evaluation 

Before you visit Mary Free Bed, your physician will evaluate your condition and write a prescription for an orthosis. Your Mary Free Bed clinician will take it from there.  

During your first visit, an orthotist will conduct a complete evaluation, look at your medical history and talk with you about what you enjoy doing. He or she will oversee the preparation of your orthosis and teach you how to safely use it. We have an on-site lab staffed by expert technicians. 

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Fabrication 

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. 

Devices include: 

  • Ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) 
  • Burn masks 
  • Cervical collars 
  • Cranial remolding helmets 
  • Diabetic shoes
  • Fracture orthoses 
  • Foot orthotics 
  • Foot inserts and custom shoes 
  • Halos
  • Hip orthoses 
  • Knee orthoses 
  • Knee-ankle-foot orthoses (KAFO) 
  • Reciprocating gait orthoses (RGO) 
  • Spinal and cervical orthoses 
  • Sports braces 
  • Wrist-hand orthoses 
Fabrication of prosthetic

Fitting and instruction

Function and comfort are key when fitting your orthosis. You’ll receive clear instructions on how to use and care for it. A Mary Free Bed therapist will offer additional support if you need training or other help. 

Adjustments

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. Your orthotist can help you stay comfortable and mobile. 

Repair

Accidents happen. Wear and tear is inevitable. Our orthotics team offers repair services to keep your orthosis in good working order. 

Pedorthics

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 polypropylene 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. 

Pediatric Orthoses

Orthotics 

Our pediatric orthotists work closely with your family and your child’s physicians, therapists and educational professionals to give your child the most appropriate orthotic technology.  

Custom pediatric orthoses include: 

  • Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) 
  • Cranial remolding orthoses  
  • 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 patients with fractures. Our pediatric orthotists are compassionate professionals who attend cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spasticity, scoliosis, spinal cord injury and spina bifida clinics, as well as pediatric seminars and in-services to stay up to date on best practices. 

Cranial Remolding Helmets 

We partner with parents and doctors on the prevention and treatment of head-shape abnormalities. Utilizing 3-D scanning technology, we quickly and comfortably measure your infant’s head shape. If our thorough evaluation suggests that treatment is in order, our clinical experts will discuss a customized care plan for your child’s needs. This may or may not include a cranial remolding helmet. 

We’ve worked with thousands of families to provide care for a wide variety of head-shape abnormalities, including deformational plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, scaphocephaly and post-operative cranial synostosis. 

We’re a leading provider of STARband, the most widely used cranial remolding orthosis in the world. 

The helmet works by applying gentle, constant pressure to redirect your baby’s skull growth. It’s best to begin using a helmet as early as possible, usually when your child is four to five months old. 

 

Scoliosis orthoses 

Scoliosis is a potentially debilitating abnormal curvature of the spine, which typically appears when your child is nine to 14 years old. Your child’s doctor evaluates any effect of the scoliosis on back pain, breathing or any disfigurement to determine if a brace is needed. If one is ordered, your Mary Free Bed orthotist provides comprehensive services to prevent further curvature. 

Services may be used in conjunction with our Mary Free Bed Kids scoliosis therapy[hyperlink to scoliosis page] 

Scoliosis orthoses include: 

  • Boston 
  • Charleston 
  • Milwaukee 
  • Providence 
  • 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. 

Sports Bracing

Weekend warriors and athletes of all ages can get back in the game, with braces for treating sports injuries or for sports and recreation.  

We offer a variety of braces, including: 

  • Ankle 
  • Elbow 
  • Face fracture masks 
  • Foot 
  • Knee 
  • Shoulder 
  • Wrist 

 

We can provide either off-the-shelf or custom braces, many of which 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 – enable 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. 

WalkAide System

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 
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