Lower extremity orthoses are prescribed to assist with or correct
functional ambulation for all types of patients. Prescribing
orthoses is a complex decision-making process that should be
done in a collaborative team effort. The evaluation team consists
of the physician, orthotist, physical therapist, and the patient.
The physical therapist will evaluate the gait cycle, mechanics
involved, and where the deficiencies occur to make appropriate
recommendations for a specific type of device. This course
guides therapists through the process of identifying the need for
a lower extremity orthosis, making recommendations and
working with a specialist to determine the ideal type.
The goal of this educational program is to provide physical
therapists with the ability to identify the need for lower
extremity orthoses and work with the team to determine ideal