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OrthoPets Toe-Up Device With Boot


The OrthoPets Toe-Up Device assists with increasing flexion of the tarsus (hock) while also keeping the hind paw in a corrected normal standing position.

Common Injuries:

  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Spinal trauma
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Neoplasia
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolus
  • Sciatic nerve

Mechanics of Device:

  • Assistive tarsal flexion

Compensates for sciatic nerve insufficiency as a result of:

  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Spinal trauma
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Neoplasia
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolus
  • Surgical complication

Therapeutic Advantages of the OrthoPets Dynamic Sciatic Sling

  • Dorsiflexion assist: provides protection against digital trauma.
  • Variable Tension: allows adjustment in level of cranial swing facilitation as patient improves (e.g. fibrocartilagenous embolus) or can be increased as patient function declines ( e.g. degenerative myelopathy).
  • Proprioceptive input/stimulation: tactile sensation of bootie, proper paw alignment to the ground, and dynamic pull on the tarsus and metatarsal–phalangeal joints stimulates proprioceptors.
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF): cranial swing facilitation is a hands-free method of providing PNF patterning with each stride.
  • Professional rehabilitation tool: bootie can be removed to allow UWTM exercise for short periods (less than 5 minutes). Monitor inter-digital tissue for irritation.
  • Home rehabilitation tool: increased ability to safely ambulate supports neurologic, myofascial, and mental health. Provides client the opportunity to once again enjoy walks with their dog. Improves compliance with home exercise program.

Toe-up size

• Measure the circumference around the tarsus/hock joint (just above the bulbous part of the back of the hock)

• This measurement will correspond with the Toe-Up size (portion that wraps around the hock).


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