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Our institute has a number of interrelated services allowing an interdisciplinary intervention.
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Gait Analysis
Since the gait can be impaired by multiple factors it is very important to make a study of this from different points of view.
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Technical orthopedics
From our Technical Orthopedics our experts design these prosthetic devices that best meet the needs of patients.

Foot-Ankle Orthosis

When we refer to the term DAFO, we refer to dynamic ankle foot orthoses, ankle. This brace is designed to support the foot and ankle, but also affect the whole body movement. DAFO dynamic orthoses are commonly used in patients with neuromuscular disorders.


They are especially geared toward pediatric patients, but many adults can also benefit from the design concepts.
A differential characteristic DAFOs over other designs orthotic for the foot and ankle, is the concept of presenting grip the foot. This concept is very important since it allows to correct the frequent postural abnormalities (in pronation or supination) present when there are neuromuscular disorders. The DAFOs are flexible and fit closely to the contours of the foot by making individualized and rigorous measurement which offers a high degree of correction and comfort.

Furthermore, the DAFO concept provides the ability to create a variety of different models. There are DAFO full range of products with an extensive range of functional options. This brings several advantages in its application. On the one hand the possibility to offer the most appropriate model for each patient based on their physical characteristics, and on the other hand, the possibility to vary the degree of correction or assistance offered by the brace as they improve patients' abilities.


It is important to remember at all times as the patient grows or your goals change functional orthotic requirements also change.

How can assist ankle-foot orthoses to patients?

The Dafos can help achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • Correct the walk to the best functional position to provide stabilit
  • Improve the skills of standing and walking.
  • Prevent and / or correct deformities.
  • Maintain and / or increase range of motion.
  • Facilitate the development of motor skills and concentration reducing the effort required for standing and running.

What are suitable DAFOs affectations?

The ankle-foot orthosis dynamics have proved efficient to:

  • Patients with developmental delays.
  • Patients with neurological and neuromuscular disorders.

The most common diseases which can be applied SWOTs are:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Down Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Effects of Poli
  • Spinal injuries
  • Trauma brain injury
  • Strokes

Institut Sant Joan has professionals from different disciplines (physiotherapists and orthopedic technicians) working in a coordinated manner. This allows us to make a study of patient needs, determine what the most appropriate orthotic for each case and manufacture it in our workshop so individualized, coordinated and effective.

Institut Sant Joan is always researching to provide the best for your children. We are available Monday through Friday from 10am to 13:30, and 16:30 hs to 20hs.