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What are orthotic devices?

Orthotic devices such as braces and splints use external force to correct muscle abnormality. The technology of orthotics has advanced over the past 30 years from metal rods that hooked up to bulky orthopedic shoes to appliances that are individually molded from high-temperature plastics for a precise fit. Ankle-foot orthoses are frequently prescribed for children with spastic diplegia to prevent muscle contracture and to improve gait. Splints are also used to correct spasticity in the hand muscles.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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