Efficient walking is based upon static
balance. Before we can move, we must be stable in the
standing posture. Dynamic balance is the next step. The
biomechanical interplay between the orthosis and the body
must be taken into account.
An orthotic support system must incorporate the necessary design and materials to achieve the following:
- triplanar control
- support for weak or missing muscles
- dynamic function
- intended outcome
The orthosis must become part of the
body. Old habits and compensations developed over time must
be replaced with more efficient movement patterns. Exercise
and training combined with the proper orthosis will increase
the potential for optimal outcomes.
As the mechanics of walking improve, the outcome can be measured to quantify the efficiency of walking compared to the initial evaluation. Effort, patience and persistence will lead to positive outcomes.