In this series, Dr. Doug Richie explains the AeroSpring Offloading System and how it compares to traditional walking boots.
What makes AeroSpring a system and how does that compare to a walking brace?
The Richie Brace Offloading System has three components: A carbon fiber AFO brace, a pair of custom foot orthoses and a pair of heel wedges.
A walking boot is a single brace with a flat footbed with no customization for fitting the foot and no elevation of the heel to offload the Achilles.
The “system” approach of the AeroSpring produces a product which is unprecedented in the orthotics industry. Each component has a specific and unique function. The combination of the components produces a powerful treatment effect on the lower extremity.
The Aerospring is a patented system compared to a single medical device of a walking brace. What is the difference?
The foot orthotic component of the AeroSpring system is patented. It contains the ArchLock(R) technology and stabilizes the foot and improve function. Without the ArchLock, the solid carbon fiber AFO can increase strain across the midfoot joints. By adding this technology, we mitigate the downside of solid AFO bracing.
How does the AeroSpring System improve patient compliance over traditional walking brace?
Walking boots are heavy, bulky and tall. They also create significant gait disturbances, which eventually causes pain in the proximal joints including the knees, hips and lower back. If the brace is needed for the right foot and leg, it must be removed for driving an automobile. In addition, practitioners are well aware of the significant problems with compliance
The AeroSpring system is light, less cumbersome and does not create a limb length discrepancy. Studies show that this carbon fiber AFO brace does not disturb normal gait. The top strap of the brace can be quickly released so driving an automobile is not a problem. When a brace is comfortable, it is more likely to be worn as prescribed.
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