This course will provide an overview of current trends and myths in orthotics use following stroke, as well as a summary of the evidence regarding lower extremity orthotic management in persons with stroke.  This course will review the common kinematic and kinetic pathologies in gait following stroke, and match these with appropriate orthotic interventions.  Strategies for effective orthotic prescription and orthotic training/use will also be outlined in the course.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate

Course Objectives

  • Identify motor deficits, tone and biomechanical imbalances that would benefit from lower extremity orthotic intervention, based upon examination findings
  • Select appropriate lower extremity othoses for gait related functional limitations secondary to selected neuromuscular conditions commonly seen by physical therapists.
  • Generate appropriate lower extremity orthotic prescription that will guide orthotist in fabrication of orthotic device

Course Agenda

  • Trends and myths of orthotic management
  • Impairments and how to manage orthotically
  • Orthotic prescription


  • Dr. Jill Seale, PT, PhD, NCS

Dr. Jill Seale has been a licensed physical therapist for 18 years. She is an APTA Neurologic Certified Specialist and has practiced almost exclusively in the field of Brain Injury and Stroke rehabilitation. She is an assistant professor in the UTMB Department of Physical Therapy, and received her PhD from Texas Woman’s University.  She has a variety of teaching experiences in physical therapy academia as well as in the health care community at large. She serves as core faculty in the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency in collaboration with Texas Woman’s University and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She has taught many continuing education courses for rehabilitation professionals in the areas of neurological pathology, rehabilitation, and research, and is currently involved in clinical research in stroke rehabilitation, orthotic management, and gait analysis/rehabilitation.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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