A patellar-tendon-bearing orthosis used in pediatric burn rehabilitation

Barrie W. Ross, Meg A. Krilov

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Abstract

Burn rehabilitation in children presents a difficult challenge. Hypertrophic scar formation is accelerated in this population due primarily to the growth of normal surrounding tissue. Many patients who develop burn wound contractures of the foot and ankle are rendered nonambulatory. We describe a pediatric patient who developed fixed bilateral equinovarus deformities secondary to thermal injury. A patellar-tendon-bearing orthosis was fabricated for this patient to unload the foot-ankle complex with major weight bearing forces at the patellar tendon and tibial condyles. Through the incorporation of this orthosis with a full therapeutic rehabilitation program, the patient was able to ambulate independently using a rolling walker. We recommend the use of the patellar-tendon-bearing orthosis for those pediatric burn victims who develop foot-ankle contractures to allow for ambulation until such time as additional, more aggressive treatment is tolerated, or on a more permanent basis, if necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)950-952
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume73
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Orthotic Devices
Patellar Ligament
Rehabilitation
Ankle
Pediatrics
Foot
Contracture
Hypertrophic Cicatrix
Clubfoot
Wounds and Injuries
Weight-Bearing
Walking
Hot Temperature
Bone and Bones
Therapeutics
Growth
Population

Keywords

  • Contracture
  • Equinovarus
  • Lower extremity
  • Orthosis
  • Pediatric burn rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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A patellar-tendon-bearing orthosis used in pediatric burn rehabilitation. / Ross, Barrie W.; Krilov, Meg A.

In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 73, No. 10, 1992, p. 950-952.

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