Custom Splinting & Orthotics

Custom Splinting

Often times treating an upper extremity injury requires the use of a custom splint or brace. Our Certified Hand Therapist can properly match splint material and splint design to your specific injury. Splinting techniques are used to influence healing, minimize the development of restrictive scar tissue, maintain hand function and reduce pain.

Fabricated splints may be static, dynamic, or static progressive. Static splints are often used to put part or all of the elbow, wrist and hand at rest so that disease or injured tissue can be supported and undergo uninterrupted healing. Dynamic or static progressive splints are used to add mobilizing tension to influence tissue healing and scar maturation, minimizing the development of restrictive scar tissue that is so detrimental to tendon excursion and normal joint motion.

The advantages of custom fabricated splints are:

  • Removable for wound care, bathing or gentle exercises if appropriate
  • Easily adjusted if uncomfortable
  • Any position request can be achieved with low temperature plastic
  • Able to clean as needed
  • Can get wet
  • Adjustable as swelling decreases or is able to get into a better position

If indicated our Certified Hand Therapist can assist in selecting the appropriate pre-fabricated or off-the-shelf splint to assist in meeting your physical therapy goals.

Custom Orthotics

An orthotics is a device that is designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. Prescription biomechanical foot orthotics allow the feet and legs to function more normally by maintaining the proper angle relationship between the bones of the feet and the leg. Unlike the generic orthotics you can purchase over the counter, TPTC’s custom orthotics are created to fit specific needs and unique characteristics of your Anatomy. We take detailed measurements of your feet, which allow corrective modifications to be built into the orthotics at specific landmarks. Plaster molds of the feet are made and corrective postings are added to further assist in controlling and realigning the foot. The molds are sent to our orthotic fabricator and in a few weeks the finished orthotics are ready to wear.

If you experience fatigue or tired legs during routine activities or if you are experience foot pain you may be a candidate for orthotics. Specific conditions that may be alleviated by orthotics include Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, metatarsalgia, neuroma, arch and heal pain and more.

Since the feet are the foundation of the upper body the new alignment provided by orthotics often help alleviate problems in other parts of the body, such as the knees or lower back. If indicated TPTC can assist you in the choice of off-the-shelf orthotics. We can also offer advice on the selection of shoe wear.