BRACING AND SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN
Momentum is Canberra’s leading provider of custom bracing and supports for children. We offer a wide range of devices specific to the unique developmental and functional needs of children. These include:
This is a group of devices used to support the foot within shoes. Momentum supplies a wide variety of child-specific foot orthoses, including arch supports, corrective flat-foot devices, and soft devices for specific pressure/pain relief.
This is a wide group of devices support the foot, ankle and lower leg, and may be used to manage weakness, muscle tightening, joint hypermobility or structural abnormalities. The specific style of AFO appropriate for your child’s needs would be determined during a functional assessment by an orthotist, physiotherapist, or your child’s paediatric specialist.
Momentum is one of only a handful of Australian providers offering the new PDE dynamic AFO. This new technology allows greater function than traditional plastic devices, including support for more natural walking and running. It is custom made within our local Canberra lab using laminated carbon fibre.
This is a new technology used for the management of ankle weakness (foot drop). Electrical impulses are sent to the leg to simulate normal muscle firing at specific times during walking. This encourages more normal muscle development than traditional orthotic devices. FES is not appropriate for children with reduced ankle range of movement, spasticity or high muscle tone.
This device is used for support of the foot and ankle to overcome weakness or joint changes in the ankle and foot. It offers more range of movement at the ankle than some AFO devices. This device may be incorporated into a custom AFO device to allow improved control of the foot.
Momentum offers a range of night splinting options for improvement and maintenance of joint mobility. These include custom positional splints for upper limbs, lower limbs, and off-the-shelf night resting ankle supports.
Momentum offers local support for serial casting to improve joint range of movement after Botox therapy or surgery. Serial casting is the application of casts (similar to fracture casts) to gradually stretch out and increase range of movement at a joint. Old casts are removed and new casts applied over a period of several weeks (depending on severity) to maintain stretch on the affected muscles and tendons.
A referral from a paediatric specialist or paediatric physiotherapist is required for this service.
Footwear is crucial to effective support of children’s conditions affecting the lower limb.
Managing orthoses and footwear can be challenging. It is important that your child is not put into footwear too large for their needs as this may create issues with mobility. Momentum carries a range of medical footwear for children specific for use with foot orthotics and AFO devices. These shoes feature additional internal depth and larger openings than standard footwear.
Momentum also offers adjustments and modifications to footwear to better support your child’s unique needs.
WE UNDERSTAND KIDS
It’s hard for kids to stand out by their need for bracing or custom footwear. Let us make orthoses or footwear to suit your style!