EN9 (070M55) Cold Rolled
Flats – 1/2″x1/16″, 5/8″x1/16″, 3/4″x1/16″, 1″x1/16″, 1/2″x1/8″, 5/8″x1/8″, 3/4″x1/8″, 1″x1/8″, 5/8″x3/16″, 2″x3/16″
Diameters – 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″
Half Rounds – 1/2″x1/4″, 7/16″x7/32″, 3/8″x3/16″
CS70 Bright Inter Annealed Sheets
Sizes – 12SWG, 14SWG, 16SWG, 18SWG
CS70 Black Annealed Sheets
Thickness – 1/8″, 3/16″
Orthotics is an allied health care medical profession or field that is concerned with the design, development, fitting and manufacturing of orthoses, which are devices that support or correct musculoskeletal deformities and/or abnormalities of the human body.
The term is derived from the “ortho”, meaning to straighten. Sciences such as materials engineering, gait analysis, anatomy and physiology, and psychology contribute to the work done by orthotists or certified pedorthists, professionals engaged in the field of orthotics. Individuals who benefit from a complex orthosis may have sustained a physical impairment such as a stroke, spinal cord injury, or a congenital abnormality such as spina bifida or a developmental disability such as cerebral palsy.
Simpler foot orthotics allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential. When appropriately prescribed, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip and lower back. They can also increase stability in an unstable joint, prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems, and improve overall quality of life.
More recently, the term cognitive orthotics has been applied to assistive technology to correct cognitive functions.
An orthopaedic brace (also orthosis or orthotic) is a device used to:
* immobilize a joint or body segment,
* restrict movement in a given direction,
* assist movement,
* reduce weight bearing forces, or
* correct the shape of the body.
Most often in the U.S., the last purpose listed above is what persons call in common speech a brace, whether it is made from elastic, neoprene, or a stiffer, more restrictive construction such as hard plastic or metal. An orthotic is most often understood to be a somewhat flexible device, often an insert for shoes, to correct leg length, fallen arches (flat feet), or some other foot problem.
In the UK a brace of this kind is usually referred to as a caliper (sometimes calliper in British spelling). Often the older type of leg brace is meant, constructed of steel side bars and ring, with spurs which fit into a metal tube in the heel of an adapted shoe or boot, and with leather straps and bands around the leg to hold the splint in position. The straps can be secured with velcro but many patients prefer buckles. This type of caliper can either be non-weight relieving or, by slight lengthening, made to relieve weight by raising the heel of the foot away from the heel of the shoe or boot. These splints have to be individually made by an orthotist or appliance maker closely to fit the particular contours of the leg being supported.