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Helping children with deformities - 9 months ago, 10 July 22:06

Ivy Nyayieka

Health professionals can correct certain deformities such as knock-knee or bow-leggedness in children through the application of appropriate orthoses.

Although brown is the most common colour for orthoses in Kenya to roughly match people’s skin colour, children’s orthoses are often colourful and include images of flowers, flags, numbers and the alphabet.

“ orthoses are appliances we use to correct certain deformities. You correct or we accommodate. Mostly they are flexible deformities so you either correct or you accommodate as you hold it the way it is or you immobilise,” says Benedict Otieno, an orthopaedic technologist at Gateway Prosthetics and orthoses.

According to him, the best approach when talking to children is to show them why the orthoses are important.

“If a child walks and talks, it is easy. You only have to make them feel there is something you are trying to do to them that would help,” says Mr Otieno.

“So the interaction ...
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