Conventional Thermoplastic

Most lower extremity orthoses can be made from conventional materials like leather and metal materials. They can also be made from thermoplastics which are heat moldable plastics and other thermoformable materials. Each material has advantages and disadvantages as well as specific indications.

 

Indications for Conventional Materials include:

  • Long Time Wearer
  • Skin Integrity Issues
  • Swelling or Edema
  • Durability

 

Indications for Thermoplastic Materials include:

  • More Control is Needed
  • Cosmetic Concerns
  • Lightweight
  • Total Contact