Frequently asked questions
What type of shoes or AFO's does each Dobbs Bar attach to?
Model QDCB 2.0 / QDCB / EZCLK – Markell Tarso Shoe, Markell Tarso AFOs, Semeda, Custom AFOs.
What sizes are the Dobbs Bars availible in?
All of our models have the ability to expand as the child growns, and is availble in two sizes; small and regular.
What are the differences between all three models?
QDCB2.0/SDCBMD2.0 - Our latest models are going to incorpoate eveyrthing that you are used and more. These bars now give the patient/practitioner the ability to adjust how much spring tension is being applied to each foot. QDCB2.0 model is compatible with Custom AFO’s and Markell Tarso Shoes. The SDCBMD2.0 model is only compatible with MD’s Orthopaedics Ponseti AFO’s.
EZCLK/EZCLKMD - These models are our traditional clubfoot bars, that will not incorporate any dynamic movement. These bar will preform just like every other clubfoot bar, but allows different shoes to be attached very easily.
Can my child walk in the Dobbs Bars?
While the Dobbs bars do allow for greater freedom and better compliance, the motion is an up and down pedaling motion (not a forward stepping motion) as such, they are not intended for walking. The Dobbs bars are used mostly as a nighttime brace that allows your child to kick and mover his/her legs independently and get more comfortable than in any fixed abduction bar.
Will insurance cover my childs Dobbs Bar?
While each insurance company is different most of them do cover the Dobbs Bars when it is billed through your orthotist or orthotic company. The HCFA code is L2300. Please note that D-Bar Enterprises, LLC is the manufacture of the Dobbs bar and sells to orthotists and other large distributors that sell to orthotic companies. D-Bar Enterprises does not bill any individual insurance claims.
How are Ponseti AFOs attached to the Dobbs Bar?
Models SDCBMD2.0/ SDCBMD/EZCLKMD will all incorpoate a ponseti adapter that is manufactured perfectly to slide in your childs Ponseti AFOs.
How are Markell Tarso Shoes/AFOs attached to the Dobbs Bar?
What do I do if my child's heel is coming up out of the Clubfoot AFO?
What do I do if my child is un-strapping the Velcro closures?
My child is perspiring a lot in the Clubfoot AFOs, is this normal?
Yes, especially in the first two weeks until you child gets used to the AFOs. We recommend that you change your child's socks every time the brace is removed and wipe the transparent molded inner boots out with rubbing alcohol. At first you may have to do this 3-4 times a day. The perspiring problem will get better over time as the child's body regulates itself. It is also a good idea to remove your child's socks when he/she is not in the brace so that air can get to the skin and dry up any moisture.
How do I tell if my child's heel is slipping inside of the Clubfoot AFOs?
Take a pen and mark a line at the child's toes on the front of the transparent molded inner boot. If the toes are migrating off of the marked line then it is likely that your child's heel has slipped in the AFO. Take off the AFOs and re-apply them. If this is the case please refer to the tips outlined in paragraph two above.
How do you order the complete clubfoot AFO?
The best way is to have the orthotist take casts and send the casts in with the AFO order form found on this website. Include your order form with in the shipping box with your casts. If you take casts then we only need a shoulder with measurement, you do not have to take any other measurements. The second way is to fax us your AFO order form with all seven measurements and then we will pull a mold and modify it to your measurements. If you have any questions call (314) 968-8555. PLEASE NOTE CUSTOM AFOS CANNOT BE SHIPPED INTERNATIONALLY
What is your turn around time?
If I already have a Dobbs Bar can I convert it to work with Ponseti AFOs?
Yes. Conversion kits are available for the model DCB bar called an MDPAC and the QDCB model called an SMDPAC. Click here for instructions on converting a QDCB bar.
Does my Dobbs Bar have a Warranty?
Yes! All of our products include a 1 year warranty from the date of purchase. In the rare occurence of anything breaking please just give us a call and we will get it replaced.
Can I use Loctite or Adhesive to strengthen the screws?
No, the use of adhesives or Loctite type agents will cause the reinforced polycarbonate plastic to break down and become brittle.
We have redesigned every aspect of our products to ensure no Loctite is needed to keep any screw in place while the child is using our braces.