An Interview With Charl Stenger

Charl Stenger

Founder & COO, Orthotist Prosthetist



What are the key considerations when incorporating orthotics into a stroke rehabilitation plan?

When integrating orthotics into a stroke rehabilitation plan, it is crucial to first conduct a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s functional limitations, gait patterns, and specific orthopedic needs. Second, tailor the orthotic intervention to address the individual’s unique impairments and goals. Finally, ensure regular follow-up assessments to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments to the orthotic devices.

How can orthotics play a pivotal role in enhancing mobility and independence for stroke survivors?

Orthotics in stroke rehabilitation can significantly enhance mobility and independence by providing targeted support, stability, and alignment. This aids in improving gait patterns, balance, and overall functional capacity. Additionally, orthotics can alleviate pressure points and facilitate proper muscle activation, enabling stroke survivors to engage in daily activities with greater ease and confidence.

What strategies should be employed to ensure optimal fit and comfort of orthotic devices for stroke rehabilitation patients?

To ensure optimal fit and comfort of orthotic devices, practitioners should employ a multi-step approach. Begin with a thorough assessment of the patient’s anatomy, considering factors like joint range of motion and muscle tone. Then, utilize advanced fabrication techniques and materials to customize orthotics for precise support. Finally, implement a comprehensive education and training program to empower patients in donning, doffing, and using the orthotic devices effectively. Regular follow-ups are essential for adjustments and refinement.