Among the many custom pet braces and prosthetics OrthoPets fabricates, we also provide “adaptive devices” to support your dog’s mobility. In some cases, you may notice your dog limping and knuckling at the hind limb and paw. This can sometimes indicate a neurological condition. Some causes of this could be but are not limited to: degenerative myelopathy, spinal trauma, sciatic nerve injury, etc. The Toe-Up Device assists with increasing flexion of the tarsus (hock) while also keeping the hind paw in a corrected normal standing position.

Through the appropriate application and use of an OrthoPets Toe-Up Device, coupled with rehabilitation therapy, your pet can regain lost quality of life, mobility, comfort, and function.

Please feel free to contact us via phone or email with any questions you may have.

You will find examples of our unique OrthoPets Toe-Up Device below.

Sciatic Nerve Toe-Up Sling

When your pet is limping due to discomfort caused by an injury or instability, we understand the impact this has not only to the quality of life of your pet, but also to your family. Our sole focus is on the design and support of our adaptive devices to restore your pet’s mobility.

Common Injuries:

  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Spinal trauma
  • Intervertebral disk disease
  • Neoplasia
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolus
  • Sciatic nerve

Mechanics of Device:

  • Assistive tarsal flexion

Compensates for sciatic nerve insufficiency as a result of:

  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Spinal trauma
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Neoplasia
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolus
  • Surgical complication

Therapeutic Advantages of the OrthoPets Dynamic Sciatic Sling

  • Dorsiflexion assist: provides protection against digital trauma.
  • Variable Tension: allows adjustment in level of cranial swing facilitation as patient improves (e.g. fibrocartilagenous embolus) or can be increased as patient function declines ( e.g. degenerative myelopathy).
  • Proprioceptive input/stimulation: tactile sensation of bootie, proper paw alignment to the ground, and dynamic pull on the tarsus and metatarsal–phalangeal joints stimulates proprioceptors.
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF): cranial swing facilitation is a hands-free method of providing PNF patterning with each stride.
  • Professional rehabilitation tool: bootie can be removed to allow UWTM exercise for short periods (less than 5 minutes). Monitor inter-digital tissue for irritation.
  • Home rehabilitation tool: increased ability to safely ambulate supports neurologic, myofascial, and mental health. Provides client the opportunity to once again enjoy walks with their dog. Improves compliance with home exercise program.