• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

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DPT NSEM II Orthotics Presentation

The past two weeks in my Neuromuscular Evaluation and Management II (NSEM II) course we have been discussing the use of orthotics. Erin O’Hearn-L’Allier, an orthotist at Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics in Duluth, MN gave a two-day presentation on adult orthotics. She did a fantastic job going through the purposes of different orthotics, the evaluation and assessment of someone who needs an orthotic, the types of orthotics commonly used, the fabrication and fitting process along with much more. We were even fortunate enough to have a previous patient of Erin’s, who suffered a stroke over 5 years ago, come in and demonstrate the use of her ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) and Walk-Aid. The AFO that this woman uses on uneven surfaces and when she hikes to assist her throughout the swing phase of gait by providing a hard/rigid carbon fiber surface that is inserted below the sole of the shoe in order to keep the toes from dragging on the ground/getting caught up. The Walk-Aid, on the other hand, is a device that she likes to use when on flat surfaces, out in the yard, or barefoot, which sends electrical stimulation along the Peroneal nerve to initiate dorsiflexion in the foot bring the foot up whenever the knee bends (i.e. during the swing phase of gait to allow for foot clearance).

Pretty awesome to get the opportunity to be hands on with this equipment and get a better idea of with whom, when, where, and why physical therapists will use orthoses. Personally, this is a really exciting topic for me since I am interested in neurologic rehabilitation PT. In the neuro setting orthotics are very commonplace due to the diagnoses frequently seen (i.e. stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, etc.). Not to mention, I have a clinical internship at Touchstone Rehabilitation in Phoenix, AZ coming up in the fall that will be working with this neuro specific population, which will entail a focus on prosthetic rehab, neurologic rehab, and spinal cord rehab. I hope I can retain the information learned the past few class periods because I know it will come up again and will be very beneficial to recall!

High-Low mat covered in demo orthotics that we were able to try out while focusing on describing the name, main features, and primary gait deviations modified by common orthotic devices for adults with neurologic impairment.

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