The needs of pediatric O&P patients can be dramatically different than those of adults. This also holds true for the types of innovations that specialists look to for the future of pediatric care. Innovations making their way into clinical care and on the horizon for the future include technology that allows for growth and development, monitoring wear times, optimizing developmental dynamic gait, visualization, and microprocessor controls, as well as technology that can involve parents, therapists, teachers, coaches, and other caretakers. The following discussion among pediatric specialists shows us some of the devices and strategies that may impact the future
of pediatric O&P care.