Conditions we treat

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Children, youth, adults and seniors are able to lead more active and independent lives with Braceworks custom-made orthopedic braces. Some of the mobility disorders we treat are described here.

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Angelman’s syndrome

A neurological disorder in which severe learning difficulties are associated with a characteristic facial appearance and behaviour.


A complex developmental disability that typically appears in the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.

Cerebral palsy

A group of disorders of movement and posture development causing activity limitation, attributed to non-progressive disturbances occurring in the developing fetal or infant brain. Neuromotor disorders of CP are often accompanied by disturbances of sensation, cognition, communication, perception, behaviour, or seizure disorders.

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Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

A hereditary, progressive nerve disorder that may lead to wasting of muscles, loss of sensation and claw foot.

More info
MDA Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) Information Page
PubMed Health Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) Information Page
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Fact Sheet
Learn more about Charcot-Maire-Tooth disease
Charcot-Marie Tooth Association

Club foot

A deformity of the foot that occurs at birth or during childhood.

Crie du Chat syndrome

A rare genetic defect also known as 5p- Syndrome (five p minus describes a portion of chromosome number five that is missing) or as Cat Cry Syndrome. Crie du Chat is characterized at birth by a high pitched cry, low birth weight, poor muscle tone, microcephaly, and potential medical complications.

Knee ligament injury

The knee is the largest joint in the body and is vital to movement. Two sets of ligaments in the knee give it stability: the cruciate and the collateral ligaments.Also see Stabilizing knee brace

More info
Knee and lower leg, AAOS
Knee Injuries and Disorders, Medline Plus


A condition marked by pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot. It frequently affects runners and other athletes who frequently participate in high-impact sports.

More info in the Merck Manual.

Morton’s neuroma

If you sometimes feel that you are “walking on a marble,” and you have persistent pain in the ball of your foot, you may have a condition called Morton’s neuroma. A neuroma is a benign tumor of a nerve. Morton’s neuroma is not actually a tumor, but a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve leading to the toes.

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Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).

Muscular dystrophy

Also known as ALS, Duschene’s, Arthrogryposis, Muscular dystrophy describes a group of disorders characterized by progressive muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue.


A congenital disorder (or birth defect) also known as Spina bifida, where the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. This can result in the spinal cord and its covering membranes protruding from the infant’s back.

See Spina bifida FAQs.

Osgood-Schlatter disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a painful swelling of the bump on the front of the upper tibia (lower leg bone) in an area called the anterior tibial tubercle.

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Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder. The chronic disease causes the cushioning (cartilage) between the bone joints to wear away, leading to pain and stiffness. It can also cause new pieces of bone, called bone spurs, to grow around the joints.

See Osteoarthritis of the knee FAQs

Osteogenesis imperfecta

A genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily, often from little or no apparent cause.

Pectus carinatum

One of a spectrum of anterior chest wall developmental anomalies involving an idiopathic overgrowth of the costal cartilages resulting in protrusion defect of the sternum.

Compressive bracing yields significant improvements in pectus carinatum. Bracing is preferred to surgery, in many cases.

Pectus excavatum

Vacuum bell therapy: A nonsurgical option for chest wall depression.

While children with severe pectus excavatum often need surgery, vacuum bell therapy may make surgery unnecessary.

See Vacuum Bell wear and care instructions


Positional plagiocephaly is a deformation of the bones of the skull that produces a characteristic asymmetry of the head. Related conditions include torticollis, a shortening of the neck muscles so the head can only turn to one side.

Deformational plagiocephaly is an abnormal shape of an infant’s skull caused by external forces. Conservative treatment is often effective – repositioning, physiotherapy, helmet therapy.

See Infant head shape

☞ Download Clinical Assessment of Infant Head Shapes

Plantar fasciitis

An inflammation (irritation and swelling with presence of extra immune cells) of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot that causes heel pain and disability.

See Plantar fasciitis posts.


Poliomyelitis is a disorder caused by a viral infection (poliovirus) that can affect the whole body, including muscles and nerves. Severe cases may cause permanent paralysis or death.

Post-polio syndrome

A condition that affects polio survivors anywhere from 10 to 40 years after recovery from an initial paralytic attack of the poliomyelitis virus. PPS is characterized by a further weakening of muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection.


Scoliosis is a lateral (away from the middle) or sideways curvature of the spine. Scoliosis in patients between 10 and 18 years of age is called idiopathic or adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, AIS, and is amenable to brace therapy, in most cases. AIS is by far the most common type of scoliosis and the cause is unknown.

Read the Scoliosis FAQs.

Also see
Bracing prevents need for surgery in teens with scoliosis

Sever disease

Sever disease, also known as Calcaneal apophysitis, is an overuse injury commonly diagnosed in children, particularly those active in sports such as running and soccer.

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Stroke rehabilitation

Support and stability for people with drop foot due to stroke. Braceworks welcomes referrals from your doctor for ankle-foot orthoses, AFOs.

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