The Iowa brace is a foot abduction brace designed to comfortably and effectively maintain the foot in position after clubfoot treatment.
The brace consists of a pair of shoes, each attached by screws to a plastic shoe platform which inserts into a positioning Flexbar.
The open-toe shoe is straight last, and incorporates a soft moulded insert that holds the foot and helps prevent skin irritations. The shoe has a padded tongue and fabric straps with buckles. The shoe is made of breathable materials for improved ventilation. The open-toe design allows for growth between changes in shoe size.
The shoe platforms and Flexbar are injection moulded of fibre-reinforced nylon, making them lightweight, safe for use with children, nearly indestructible, potentially reusable, and relatively low-cost.
The shoe platform clicks onto the Flexbar, and can be easily detached from the Flexbar with a release button located on the bottom.
The shoe platform is reversible, to position each shoe at an angle of either 60 degrees or 30 degrees, accommodating unilateral or bilateral clubfoot.
The Flexbar has a built-in angle of 15 degrees of dorsiflexion and is provided in a length suited to the size of the shoes.
Shoes are available in 12 sizes for infants and children.
• Easy for parents to put on and take off the brace;
• Release button which is not easily activated by young patients;
• Good soil resistance and ease of cleansing.