Stance Control
Introduction to Stance Control 

Traditional KAFO’s only lock in full extension, which provides lower limb stability, but also causes patients to ambulate with gait deviations that may lead to other problems over time. Since traditional KAFO’s do not allow for knee flexion while the patient is ambulating, they also require more energy to use. Stance control orthoses (SCO’s) on the other hand, allow the patient’s knee to flex during the swing phase of gait and block flexion in stance phase for stability. An SCO’s ability to provide knee flexion during swing phase allows patients to walk with less effort and a more symmetrical gait pattern.


 

Stance Control Products

 

Stride4™

The Stride4 is the latest addition to the Stride Family of interchangeable stance control knee joints. The Stride4 is comprised of a four bar linkage system that offers (3) modes of operation: Stance control, free motion and locked with stance phase flexion.

 

PreStride4™            

The PreStride4, is an evaluation tool that may be used in combination with a physical examination to assess candidacy for the Stride4 stance control knee joint. The PreStride4 is a modular and fully adjustable stance control KAFO that may be fitted to most adults who are between 5'2" and 6'2" in height.

             

SafetyStride™       

The SafetyStride, model 9005, functions the same as the FullStride, except it has the ability to resist knee flexion at any angle. Unlike the FullStride, the SafetyStride does not require full 180° knee extension to resist knee flexion in stance phase. US Patent 7,462,159 B1

           

FullStride™            

The FullStride, model 9006, is a mechanical stance control orthotic knee joint that utilizes a low-profile cabling system to automatically unlock at the end of stance phase. At the end of swing phase, when the orthotic knee joint reaches full extension, the locking mechanism re-engages to provide knee stability for stance phase.

      

PreStride™            

The PreStride is an evaluation tool that may be used in combination with a physical examination to assess candidacy for Stride stance control orthotic management. The PreStride is a modular and fully adjustable stance control KAFO that may be fitted to most adults who are between 5' 2" and 6' 2" in height.

           

UTX®            

The UTX is a lightweight, less than two pounds, KAFO that stabilizes the knee during the stance phase of gait, but enables knee flexion during swing phase. At the end of swing phase, as the knee reaches full extension, a ratchet engages to stabilize and lock the knee.

           

 
   

 

 

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