Why did the patient choose an inappropriate orthosis?

M. Heim, I. Friedman, N. Tzadok, D. Arazi Margalit, M. Azaria

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Purpose/Method: A 70-year-old engineer, suffering from drop foot, designed and produced a strange orthosis. Although on ambulation the orthotic device elevated his foot, an abnormally strange walking pattern was required. Of his own volition the patient attended an orthotic clinic requesting that a local manufacturer produce a replica of the orthosis. The patient received an explanation pertaining to the range of regular orthotics available and in what way they would improve his functional ability. Results/Conclusion: The patient saw all the options available and physically tried several. The patient was afforded the opportunity of free choice and chose his own, self-designed orthotic. From a professional point of view this was the most inappropriate option. The rehabilitation team erred in its psychological management of the case, for it overlooked the question of the patient's motivation and commitment to change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-159
Number of pages3
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2000


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