Celeste Corcoran walked on her new prostheses with her daughter Sydney and physical therapist Alyson Jodoin.47 year old  Celeste Corcoran began taking her very first steps in new prosthetic legs after undergoing healing. Corcoran is of sixteen victims who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon tragedy. The hairdresser was excited after seeing a fellow amputee sport lifelike artificial limbs, feeling ‘off the chart excited’ to receive a pair of her own.

Sadly, reality was not as exciting as it appeared, with the prosthetics feeling clunky and uncomfortable, appearing like silver stilts. Dr. David Crandell of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital said it has been especially challenging to control his patients expectations. “They have been exposed to highly successful amputees, people on TV, elite athletes. Expectations are built up. If I can just get my leg everything will be OK. A prosthetic does a function, but it is not your leg.”  

Still, hope remains. Last week Corcoran was in rehab practicing standing on her prostheses, sharing a light hearted moment with her teenage daughter. While challenges are ahead for Corcoran and the others, rehabilitation will help bring the support they need to continue onward.

Thanks to orthotics, regaining mobility is possible. If you have a need for ankle-foot orthotics, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti can work with you on treatment options for your foot conditions that might require the use of ankle-foot orthotics.

Ankle Foot Orthotics and What They Do

Usually used for the foot or ankle, orthotics provide support for weakened limbs or help direct the limbs so they may function properly. These orthotics can help strengthen muscles as well as benefitting muscles that need to be loosened or lengthened. Usually the orthoses is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored in order to blend with the patient’s appearance.

When are Orthotics Necessary?

Orthotics are prescribed when someone is diagnosed with diseases that affect the musculature such as polio and multiple sclerosis. However, ailments such as arthritis and stroke, or foot conditions that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

As opposed to metal braces of previous years, modern orthotics have improved tremendously. Many of today’s orthotics are manufactured with lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of support and comfort.

If you have any questions, contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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