Wednesday, April 6, 2011

AFOs - A Down To Earth Guide on Ankle Foot Orthoses and Orthopedic Braces - Part 16

A Note To Medical Professionals Ordering a C.R.O.W.

Sometimes in the medical industry, medical professionals will refer to these orthoses as "CROW Boots", "Diabetic Walkers", "Charcot Boots" etc. These are incorrect terms for this device and in an effort to be more precise, this needs to be understood. You may have a clear picture in mind when you use these terms, but as an ordering individuals you might not be expressing yourself as clearly as you think. If you are an ordering APN (advanced practioner nurse), P.A. (physician's assistant) or physician, you might see why it is redundant to refer to one of these devices as a "C.R.O.W. Boot". This is redundant because what you are really saying is "Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker Boot". - You can simply refer to them as a C.R.O.W. and you will be correct. You will also be communicating more efficiently with your local, licensed orthotist who will be providing your patient with orthotic treatment. Isn't that what you would want to be doing anyways?

Instructions That Apply To All Orthopedic Braces - Note To Patients

Whenever a patient uses an orthosis (brace) they need to make sure it is on snug. Your local orthotist will show you what this means for you as a patient. Moreover, it is very important to monitor your skin when it comes to braces as well. - No, you will probably not develop a rash or a sore, but it is a good idea to monitor your skin with whatever you place on your body. For example, the first time a young woman wears earrings, she will probably monitor her skin to make sure nothing is going wrong; although they doubt anything bad could really happen. If you, as a patient, have skin sensitivity issues, then it is extremely important to monitor your skin. Why? Because your skin will tell you how you are feeling and any redness needs to be noted and treated accordingly. Contact your providing orthotist with any concerns about skin irritation with respect to bracing. This last section is more of a word to the wise, instead of being something that you need to very worried about.

Note: This is health information. Bracing scenarios can vary slightly and that is why we would like you to talk with your local, licensed orthotist for medical advice on orthoses (braces). This is good information, but it is best to talk with these brace specialists regarding your connection or need for orthopedic bracing.

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