Key Features

Active Spring Reset

A spring reset brings the child’s feet back to neutral in a resting position. The spring maintains an active dorsiflexion stretch while still allowing the child to play and crawl in the brace.

Ponseti Quick Release

Quick Release mechanism allows shoes and Ponseti AFOs to snap on and off for diapering, carseats, and high chairs. 

Adjustable External Rotation

Easy to set external rotation dial with just a turn of a screw. We have provided 10 degree increments of dorsiflexion.

Adjustbale Bar Width

Your Dobbs Bar will adjust in length as the child grows, with a turn of a screw.

Universal Screws

Universal Phillips head screws makes the Dobbs Bar easy to adjust, and will keep everything snug.

More Information

 

Setting Up The Dobbs Bar

  • Setting the bar width. The Dobbs Bar should be set so that the width of the bar is equal to the shoulder width of the child. Measure the shoulder width of the child from the left outside shoulder to the right outside shoulder. Adjust the length of the Dobbs Bar so that the length of the bar is equal to your shoulder width measurement from mid-heel of the left footplate to mid-heel of the right foot plate. It is better to have the bar a little wider than shoulder width rather than too narrow. It is uncomfortable for the child if the bar length is too narrow.

  • Setting external rotation. The clubfoot should be set at about 60 degrees of external rotation, which should match the degree of rotation of the foot in the last cast. If the foot was externally rotated only 50 degrees in the last cast the brace should also be at 50 degrees. A normal, non-affected foot should be fixed on the bar in about 40 degrees of external rotation. Loosen screw in center hole. Position and fasten to quick clip. Locate indicator hole to set degree. Fasten bar with second screw in appropriate hole.

  • Attaching Ponseti AFOs. To attach the Ponseti AFOs you will need to locate the opening in the back of the AFOs. You will then Slide each Ponseti Adapter into the opening in the back of each AFO. Each AFO will be correctly attached after you hear a "click" indicating the tongue and grove system are conjoined correctly

Instructions for Use

  • The Dobbs Bar should be worn 23 hours a day for the first 3 months and then at nighttime and naps.

  • Bracing is critical in maintaining the  correction of clubfeet. If the brace is not worn as prescribed, there is a near 100 percent recurrence rate.

Advice to Parents

  • Play with your child in the brace. Babies might get fussy for the first few days after receiving a brace, and will require time to adjust. Playing with your child is the key to getting over the irritability quickly. Teach your child that he/ she can kick and swing the legs with the brace on by gently moving your child's legs up and down together and independently until he/she gets used to the brace.

  • Make it routine. Children do better if you develop a fixed routine for brace wear. During the three to four years of night/naptime wear, put the brace on anytime your child goes to the “sleeping spot.” They will figure out that when it is “that time of day” they need to wear the brace. Your child is less likely to fuss if this is a constant routine.

  • Pad the bar. By padding the bar you will protect yourself and your furniture from the metal bar when the child is wearing the brace.

  • Check your child's feet. It is important to check your child's feet several times a day after initiating the bracing to ensure no blisters are developing on the heel. Never use lotion on any red spots on the skin (lotion will make the problem worse). Some redness is normal with use. Bright red spots or blisters, especially on the back of the heel, usually indicate that the heel is slipping. Ensure that the heel stays down in the shoe by securing the straps and/ or buckles or by talking to your orthotist about placing a heel pad in the shoe.

  • Always wear cotton socks. Your child should always wear cotton socks under his/ her shoes, sandals or plastic AFO's. The sock should be a little higher than the top of the shoes, sandals or orthosis. Allow your child's toes some freedom.

Suggested Billing Codes

L2300 - Original Dobbs Bar (DCB)

L2760 - All Models

L2220 x 2 - QDCB & SDCBMD

L2768 x 2 - QDCB & SDCBMD

L1960 - Dobbs Clubfoot AFO
L2280 - Molded Inner Boot

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