C-Brace high-tech KAFO
A leg brace for people living with partial paralysis, spinal injury, post-stroke and post-polio syndrome
Custom electronic leg brace
The C-Brace computer controlled orthosis is an entirely new approach to walking when back injuries or leg muscle weakness limit you. Instead of a locked knee brace—or a wheelchair—imagine a system that gives you the freedom to participate in many daily activities. Walk all day, walk smoother, walk with confidence and greater safety. Ask your Orthotist if the C-Brace is right for you.
Measures your motion
A knee angle sensor built into your orthosis gathers data about your movements so the C-Brace microprocessor can respond to keep your walking stable and secure.
Custom fit to you
A lightweight carbon fiber thigh shell is shaped to fit you.
Fits your form
The shape of the calf shell is based on a cast so it matches your shape.
The microprocessor controlled C-Brace, unlike traditional locking knee joint systems, makes sure it is stable when you need it, and swings freely when you are ready to take a step.
The built-in ankle moment sensor captures information and sends it to the microprocessor to be analyzed. The microprocessor uses this information to optimize the resistance of the brace in real time to best support you.
What you need to know
Advantages for you
If your brace doesn’t let you change speeds while walking or put weight on your flexed knee when you sit down, the C-Brace may help expand your activities. Whether you are facing an incomplete spinal cord injury, weakness or paralysis of your quad muscles or post-polio syndrome, the C-Brace was designed to help compensate for the resulting limited mobility.
Del, who wears bilateral C-Braces due to a spinal stroke (embolism), shares his experience wearing the computer controlled orthosis.
“My family and I decided to end our wonderful trip to Orlando, Florida with a trip to Sea World. This particular day would be quite the challenge for myself as well as the C-Braces, but as determined as I am, I am always up for a challenge. I started my day at 7AM and by the time I ended my day it was 2AM –19 hours later! I really put the C-Braces to the test this particular day with all the walking and standing.”
Watch Del’s C-Brace story to see how the leg braces helped increase his stamina and stability.
Out of her wheelchair
Christin depends on her C-Brace to measure and respond to her movements – even when she’s out searching for new horizons. On rough terrain, Christin can depend on the C-Brace to help keep stumbles from turning into falls. To learn more about gait, read our stance control section.
If crowds and unpredictable sidewalks and floors can challenge you, the C-Brace can help make your journey a little smoother. Changing speed and direction is easier when you can put weight on a bent knee. And, the idea of “orthotronics” means you have the combination of electronic and mechanical systems working together to support your every step. To learn more, visit our orthotronics topic page.
Walk with confidence again
The C-Brace is a new approach to walking, and it will take some time to re-learn the motions of walking (gait). We’ve developed a series of videos to support you, your Orthotist and Physical Therapist in this process. The people who have benefitted the most from this advanced orthotic have taken the time to learn to trust that the C-Brace will respond when you need it – and to get back to a normal walking pattern. Ask your Orthotist for more details, and visit our YouTube channel for a preview.
Try it on for size
The C-Brace is custom made for each, unique, wearer—and can even be made to accommodate heavy duty users like Del. But with our C-Brace diagnostic tool—which can be adapted to most legs—you can try out C-Brace support for yourself. The diagnostic tool helps your orthotist explain the differences between your current brace and this new, computer controlled orthosis. Share this site with your Orthotist, or contact us for a no-obligation opportunity to explore your options.
Your clinical needs are unique to you, and involve knowing the challenges of your workplace, your home, and your hobbies. Your Orthotist is well-equipped to help you assess your situation and determine what might work for you. In addition to sharing this information and the downloads with your clinician, Ottobock has experienced Orthotists on staff who can talk about all the clinical details involved in your decisions, and are happy to personally consult with your Orthotist about your case. Just have them call us at 800 328 4058 and ask for professional services.
The C-Brace orthotronic mobility system can be considered for all neurological indications of the lower limbs. The primary indications include:
- Lower limb involvement with weakness or paresis of the quadriceps muscle or the inability to maintain knee extension during stance phase, e.g. incomplete paraplegia with segmental levels of L1 to L5 or polio, post‑polio syndrome
- Moderate to severe lower limb spasticity
- Hip flexor strength of less than grade 3. Ability to advance the limb by compensatory trunk movement is permitted
- Fixed knee valgus greater than 10 degrees beyond anatomic neutral
- Fixed knee varus
- Less than 2 degrees of relative ankle dorsiflexion
- Body weight over 125 kg/275 lbs
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C-Brace product information summary
Please feel free to share this clinically oriented information as a starting point for a conversation with your Orthostist. And remember, our Professional and Clinical Services team is always ready to offer more information.