The Design and Fabrication of Modular Stabilizing Orthosis for the Correction of Congenital Talipes Equino-Varus Deformity
Elerueanya, M. C.
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Congenital Talipes Equino-varus (CTEV) also known as Clubfoot, is a foot deformity with inherent midfoot cavus, forefoot adductus, hindfoot varus and hindfoot equinus. This is as a result of tight intrinsics, flexor halluces longus, flexor digitorium longus (for midfoot cavus),tight tibialis posterior (for forefoot adductus), tight tendoachilles, tibialis anterior,tibialis posterior (for hindfoot varus), tight tendoachilles (for hindfoot equinus). The aim of the treatment is to obtain a plantigrade, painless and functional foot. Several treartment methods, both conservative (Ponseti and French methods) and non- conservative (soft tissue release, osteotomy, talectomy, external fixators) are being used in the management of the CTEV deformity. The design and fabrication of modular stabilizing orthosis (MSO) is to present clinicians with a new and innovative means of managing cases of idiopathic CTEV deformity. The results obtained during trial fitting on a model have shown that MSO have the capability of treating idiopathic CTEV foot deformity. However, further case studies with a real idiopathic CTEV foot deformity are needed to ascertain the reliability of this MSO when applied and Used over a period of time. The futuristic design of this MSO should prioritize designing automated MSO that can utilize CTEV treatment simulations and automated means in positioning and immobilizing the affected limb(s). There is also need to introduce the type of straps that could restrict the guardian or user from removing the MSO during their individual situations.