The XTERN® foot drop orthosis from TurboMed

Foot drop syndrome affects the mobility of people with this condition. Daily movements are more difficult, which increases the risk of falling, limits walking speed and endurance.

TurboMed’s XTERN® orthosis, offered by the orthopedists at Jerome Marier Orthopedic Laboratory, allows people with foot drop syndrome to regain a better quality of life.

Offering several benefits, this orthosis allows people with this syndrome to walk, run and hike without pain or discomfort.


The role and function of the foot drop orthosis

One of the effects of foot drop is paralysis or weakness in the foot lift muscles. This symptom is the cause of the mobility problems that result from this pathology.

The main role of the foot drop orthosis is to stabilize the ankle joint and the foot in order to allow a normal and safe gait.

The functioning of tibial orthoses varies somewhat from that of other external orthoses, such as knee orthoses. They must be able to stabilize the foot-ankle complex while allowing sufficient mobility to move without discomfort.

Among the different types of custom orthotics handcrafted at the Laboratoire Orthopédique are traditional ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs), which help treat foot drop. However, while these provide adequate support, they offer less flexibility than TurboMed’s XTERN® orthotic.

Attached entirely to the outside of the shoe, the XTERN® orthotic acts like an exoskeleton. It holds the foot at a 90-degree angle but does not prevent plantar flexion of the ankle or dorsal flexion. This makes it much easier to use and more comfortable than traditional shin splints.

Who should use the TurboMed XTERN® Orthosis

The XTERN® orthosis is primarily intended for use by individuals with foot drop syndrome and weak back flexion. However, this brace can be useful in treating many other conditions that affect foot and ankle mobility in adults, such as:

  • Peroneal nerve injury
  • Idiopathic walking on the toes
  • Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) syndrome
  • Stroke (cerebral vascular accident)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hemiplegia
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)
  • Motor neuropathy
  • Motor Neuron Disease (MND)

This brace is also available in a pediatric version to help children with certain clinical indications. The XTERN® Pediatric Orthosis is designed to grow with the child, maximizing its life span.

Relieve foot drop pain at the Laboratoire Orthopédique

Once diagnosed, foot drop is an easy condition to treat. Simply visit the Laboratoire Orthopédique with your prescription to receive a tibial orthosis adapted to your daily activities.

The laboratory’s specialists are able to make traditional tibial orthoses by hand. They can also offer you TurboMed’s XTERN® orthosis if you do a lot of physical activity.

If you would like to receive professional and personalized treatment, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at the Laboratoire Orthopédique. Our specialists at the Saint-Jérôme and Sainte-Thérèse clinics will offer you sound advice and suggest the best treatment for your situation.

They can also advise you on our orthopedic shoes to help you optimize the effects of your tibial orthosis.

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