Simon B Dickinson
Simon qualified as an Orthotist in 1996 from Salford University. Initially he worked as an Orthotist in Oxford where he quickly developed a passion for lower limb orthotics and biomechanics. Following his time in Oxford he worked in the west midlands at a number of hospitals as an Orthotist and also as an extended scope practitioner in Orthopaedics. He then move to Nottingham in 2008 when he was appointed Head of Service and Clinical lead for orthotic services. In 2014 Simon became clinical director of TalarMade.
During his career Simon has always sought to improve his knowledge and understanding and has been actively involved in service improvement, product design, research and education.
In his current role Simon is responsible for education, product development, service delivery, research and quality at TalarMade and continues to teach throughout the UK and around the world. He adopts an evidence based approach to every aspect of his role and is incredibly passionate about maximising patients outcomes.
Maximising function for patients with a drop foot
There are many people in the UK who suffer with a drop foot. Traditional treatment of this problem with the use of Orthoses often prevents tripping and improves stability but many Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO’s or splints) limit movement to such an extent that walking on uneven ground, slopes or stairs is very difficult.
Advances in technology, materials, manufacturing techniques and biomechanics have led to innovations such as the Silicon AFO (SAFO), thermoplastic AFO’s, Carbon fibre AFO’s and FES. All of these systems allow clinicians choice but all of these orthoses have limitations.
Despite their benefits, many orthoses significantly reduce movement to such an extent that they could impair neurological recovery, block active muscle function, cause discomfort and cause difficulty. FES is increasingly being used but also has limitations such as the ability to change speed, adapt to different surfaces and also its cost. FES is also unsuitable for some patients.
This seminar will demonstrate a new orthosis designed to for drop foot allowing patients to move their ankles, use weak or recovering muscles, walk on uneven surfaces and potentially run. It patented exoskeleton design stores and releases energy, can never rub and provides a new treatment option for clinicians and patients to truly maximise a foot drop impaired patient to function.
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