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that we have to do this, but it’s very easy
to do.
How have your patients reacted to wearing
Joy A. Bruce:
Patients love that the devices
are light weight, low profile, easily fit into
shoes they already own, are simple to use,
durable, washable, and not too expensive. One
of the reasons I use this device is that a lot
of folks with SCI have involvement in their
upper body and hands as well. They find it
difficult to use braces with laces, but a simple
strapping system works really well. It provides
minimal bracing while allowing independence
and maximum functioning.
Is the usage of ankle braces for SCI injury some-
thing commonly used by most rehab centers, or
is this something unique to Shepherd Center?
Joy A. Bruce:
Bracing has always been a part
of SCI rehab, but using devices that were in­
troduced for athletics is a novel concept that
has spread quite a bit recently.
Do you recommend MalleoLoc after
a patient has been discharged?
Joy A. Bruce:
We often recommend these
devices to our patients who are being dis­
charged into the community or who will be
walking independently while still exhibiting
some strength or sensory deficits that put
them at risk of inversion sprains or mechani­
cal issues. Combined with in-shoe orthoses,
the MalleoLocs may provide a biomechanically
stable platform that allows some patients with
neurological issues to push their functional
limits in a safe manner.
Joy A. Bruce,
manager of
the Spinal Cord
Injury Laboratory
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Joy A. Bruce discovered
that MalleoLoc provided
additional support to the
ankles and allowed ­patients
to progress faster during
the rehabilitative process.