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Frequently Asked Questions   |  P2

Q. What do I do if my orthosis or prosthesis breaks?
A.Stop wearing your device and contact your orthotist or prosthetist immediately.

Q. Can I fix or adjust the orthosis or prosthesis myself?
A. No. This can lead to personal injury or damage to the device.

Q. Can an orthosis be adjusted for growth?
A. Yes. In most cases an orthosis can be adjusted in response to growth. Contact your orthotist for an appointment so he or she can evaluate the situation.

Q. How often should I see my orthotist or prosthetist?
A. Under normal circumstances you should see your orthotist or prosthetist every 3 to 6 months.

Q. Can I get my orthosis wet?
A. Yes. However, it should be cleaned and dried thoroughly before you reapply it. If it comes in contact with salt water be sure to rinse it thoroughly with fresh water. Be aware that the padding inside of some braces may mildew if not properly dried.

Q. Can I get my prosthesis wet?
A. Most prosthesis are NOT compatible with water unless they have been specifically designed for water activity.

Q. Do I need a prescription for an adjustment?
A. Not usually. However, if the adjustment involves changing the basic type or function of the orthosis or prosthesis you may need to see your physician for a prescription.

Q. How often should a brace be replaced?
A. This depends on the age and activity level of the patient. Higher activity levels can lead to a shorter “life” for the brace, as more activity generally means more wear. Additionally, younger patients need braces more often because they generally grow quickly.

Q. What kind of shoes should I wear with my orthosis or prosthesis?
A. We recommend athletic type shoes. Although, most shoes can be worn as long as they comfortably fit both the brace and your foot. However, you must not change the heel height of the shoe as it will change the function of the brace.

Q. Can I play sports in my orthosis or prosthesis?
A. Yes, unless otherwise directed by your physician, orthotist or prosthetist.

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