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Phys Ther. 1988 Jun;68(6):989-91.

Treatment of exposed bilateral Achilles tendons with use of the Dynasplint. A case report.

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Regional Burn Unit, Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, OH 45409.


Third- and fourth-degree burns, which extend beyond the layers of the skin, are the most severe and difficult to rehabilitate. In this case report, a patient's recovery from exposed Achilles tendons bilaterally secondary to a severe burn injury is described. The Dynasplint, a spring-loaded orthosis designed to deliver a low-load, prolonged stretch to healing connective tissue, was used to facilitate the patient's recovery from an initial loss of -29 and -27 degrees of dorsiflexion of the right and left ankles, respectively. The patient's progress is reported from bed rest to independent ambulation at the time of discharge from the hospital.

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