Hesperian Health Guides
Chapter 58: Braces (Calipers)
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Braces are aids that help hold legs or other parts of the body in useful positions. They usually serve one or both of 2 purposes:
|1. To provide support or firmness to a weak joint (or joints). For example, this child had polio:|
|His leg is too weak to support his weight without help.||This brace keeps his knee from bending forward|
|2. To help prevent or correct deformity or contracture. For example, this child had a club foot:|
|He was born with a club foot.||His club foot was corrected with a cast.||After correction, his foot is kept in a good position with a brace.|