Advanced instructional course

4.05 Why orthotic treatment should be a first line approach for early gait rehabilitation following stroke

Location: Tonalá, Second floor
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The lecturers recommend that you take the pre-requisite webinar prior to attending this symposium. Follow this link to access the pre-requisite:

This multidisciplinary workshop will build upon the November seminar 2022 of the same title which provides an in-depth background to the reasoning for this approach. For those who did not see this event, a recording may be viewed on the ISPO website.

The workshop will commence with an overview highlighting the main objectives identified. These include:

Assessment and decision makingSimulation Prompt Provision Treatment planning Review and progression

These objectives will then be practically demonstrated in a live patient assessment by a physiotherapist and orthotist during the workshop.

The physiotherapist’s and orthotists assessment will be demonstrated and shared including an assessment technique for orthotists; The Hemiplegia assessment test which assess patient’s ability and deficits as well as providing indications for orthotic design. Techniques for simulating the effect and impact of orthotic intervention will be demonstrated.

Treatment by provision of a temporary orthosis will be demonstrated for the patient using a removable cast made the previous day to the presentation. Details of the method will be shared. The cast will be tuned during the symposium.

Dosage of orthotic treatment and physiotherapy intervention for both in and out of the orthosis will be discussed along with prescription development for improvement and recovery.

Statement of the objective / learning objectives

To understand and assess when this approach is appropriate. To be able to communicate the importance of this approach to other members of an MDT.


Paul Charlton
Peacocks Medical Group, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom


Bryan Malas
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, USA
Lisa Brown
Boston University, USA

Event Location

Tonalá, Second floor