Firefly is a licenced supplier of this product to the Irish and UK podiatry profession. The Richie Brace ® was introduced to the medical community in 1996 and has proven remarkably successful in the non-operative treatment of a number of foot and ankle pathologies.
Over 14,000 patients with adult acquired flatfoot secondary to posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction, chronic degenerative arthritis of the ankle, and tendon injuries around the foot and ankle have benefited from this unique device.
The Richie Brace is a custom ankle brace (ankle foot orthoses) designed to treat chronic conditions of the foot and ankle. Introduced to the medical community in 1996, The Richie Brace® has revolutionised the non-operative approach to the most challenging pathologies treated by the foot and ankle specialist With a contoured balanced orthotic footplate articulated to adjustable semi-rigid lower leg uprights, the Richie Brace® is ideally suited to stabilize rotational forces at the Midtarsal Subtalar and Talo-Crural joints. Modifications and enhancements are available to add further restrictions of motion in sagittal, frontal and transverse plane.
The Richie Brace is fabricated from an impression cast taken of the patient’s foot and lower leg. The Richie Brace’s lightweight, low-profile design is preferred by patients over traditional longer leg solid shell ankle foot orthoses.
Introducing the Richie Brace range of ankle foot orthoses to your podiatry practice can expand the range of therapies you offer, grow your patient base and add value and profit to your practice.
At Firefly’s clinical division in Ireland, we have successfully treated large numbers of patients suffering from a range of pathologies including Flatfoot and Dropfoot.
To increase your knowledge of the Richie Brace range – when to prescribe and which brace to prescribe, we have devised two simple documents:
Richie Brace Webinars
At the Firefly Summit 2017, biomechanics podiatrist Sophie Roberts presented a case study on foot drop and gait changes with a Richie Brace, Orthoses and FES (functional electrical stimulation). The presentation is evidence of the success the brace can achieve.
In this webinar the creator of the Richie Brace, Dr. Doug Richie discusses optimising treatment of adult acquired flat foot using the Richie Brace.
Learn about DJD, Dropfoot and other relevant pathologies that can be treated using the Richie Brace modality.
Casting for Richie Brace
The Richie Brace requires a negative impression cast utilising either Plaster of Paris or the STS Casting Sock. Neutral suspension technique is recommended while plantarflexing the First Ray. In this video Firefly Orthoses’ Founder and Medical Director, Martin McGeough demonstrates casting a patient who has been prescribed a Richie Brace using Plaster of Paris.
Click here to access Doug Richie’s website.