Friday, May 27, 2022

Re: terminology

Pat McKee

why not just call it a wrist orthosis/splint. I think the phrase for dropfoot should read

“excessive plantar flexion during swing phase” not “dorsiflexion”

Pat McKee

Assistant Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy

University of Toronto

Author of “Orthotics in Rehabilitation: Splinting the Hand and Body”. F.A Davis Publisher,


[email protected] wrote:

> Tom:


> “Excessive dorsiflexion in swing phase” as a substitute for “dropfoot”? When

> I read that I thought, surely there is a better way to say it. But if there

> is, I can’t think of it. No wonder “dropfoot” has stuck.


> But, frankly, I’d rather be stuck with “dropfoot” than with “cockup.” Well,

> the term, I mean!


> If anyone can think of a good substitute phrase for “cock-up splint,” I’d

> love to put it into use. A good humored patient said, as he handed me his

> prescription for a “cock-up splint,” “Why didn’t he just prescribe Viagra?”


> 🙂


> Best to all this holiday season.


> David Hendricks, LPO, CPO, FAAOP

> HOPE, Inc.


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