Development of an Orthotic Brace for a Canine Valgus Deformity
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Angular forelimb deformities are common in canines. The forelimb or antebrachium is comprised of two bones: the radius and ulna. During the growth stage of an immature animal, these two bones maintain a synchronized developmental pattern. This normal developmental pattern may be disrupted due to trauma, congenital malformation, metabolic deficiencies, or fractures of one or both of the bones. To date canine angular limb deformities are corrected by surgical intervention, typically radial osteotomy. However, an alternative treatment option is the use of orthoses. An orthotic is a device applied externally to control or guide a limb or joint. The field of orthotics is relatively new and understudied in veterinary medicine, Practical reasons to utilize a brace are to: 1) avoid the possibility of surgical complications such as infections 2) provide a less expensive treatment option and 3) provide a more rapid treatment that does not require postoperative care and rehabilitation. The purpose of this case study is to create a customized orthotic brace for a valgus deformity in the front left carpus of a 2-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback. Central Texas Orthotics and Prosthetics oversaw the creation of the custom made brace from casting to fitting.
Davies, Megan Theresa (2016). Development of an Orthotic Brace for a Canine Valgus Deformity. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from