Thursday, May 26, 2022

Responses Turbomed FS3000

Armstrong, Gregory

ORIGINAL QUESTION: Is anyone familiar with the Turbomed FS3000? I have an athlete with foot drop after osteomyelitis 2 months out. Will this hold up for sports, sprinting, primarily baseball?

REPLIES:

* I have recently started using the Turbomed AFO in my practice and have thus far been very pleased with it. We have fit ambulatory adult patients with diagnoses of CP, TBI and CMT with the AFO. While this patient population is not as active as the patient you propose, I would be confident saying that I feel the Turbomed would hold up to your patient’s activities. It is a thermoplastic AFO and motion occurs over a nice long radius at the distal posterior strut. Initial assembly has a bit of a learning curve but after the first AFO it gets much easier. The manufacturer also has a diagnostic tool that you can use to trial the AFO which has been very helpful for my patients.

* I saw this brace at AAOP and met the inventor who was wearing it and it was impressive. Seemed to be very durable and hold up to his active life.
* I’ve used this but on normally active people. We got rial kits from the manufacturer which gives people a good test of the device. Sometimes finicky attaching to shoes. Only dispensed 2 so far but they haven’t broke.
* I got one of these for my father. I actually wore the AFO for a work day to see how it felt. I was surprise by how light and comfortable it was. I am not sure how it will hold up for baseball, but if you go on their FB page, there is one kid I remember that wears it for basketball. Francois and Stephane are great about responding to you if you have questions and are very hands on owners. Francois wears a Turbomed for daily use and is a runner. I would give them a shout.
* I have fit several with great results at all activity levels. I would recommend an extra strap/pad kit for someone playing sports. The velcro closure seems to be the weakest link of this system (loop side becomes worn fairly quickly). You could always make your own strap with more durable material.
* a colleague’s patient used this often and was an avid hiker and athlete.
* I’ve fit a couple. As long as the drop foot is mild. It should hold up. For osteo, not sure. The pts I fit were MS or peroneal nerve damage
* I have used it a couple times with good success. It is durable and will hold up, but it will eat up the heel counter of the shoe quicker than normal and you need to have an outsole or welts for it to grab on to. Some running shoes andcleats now don’t have enough material to support it.

Greg Armstrong, CPO/L

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