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  • Bremerton Beyond Accessible Playground Bremerton Beyond Accessible Playground

    The playground of our dreams? It exists. We were delighted to attend the grand opening of this incredible, inclusive, beyond accessible project, located in Bremerton, Washington. To learn more visit: http:// www.facebook.com/beyondaccessibleplay Video created by Cascade Dafo, Inc. http://www.cascadedafo.com

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  • An overview of a typical pediatric bracing appointment | Cascade Dafo An overview of a typical pediatric bracing appointment | Cascade Dafo

    This video follows a young patient as she visits her orthotist to get a pair of lower extremity orthoses. Includes footage and discussion of the entire bracing process: determining which style of brace is best, the casting process, brace fabrication, initial fitting, adjustments, and evaluation of wear. Narrated by the patient's orthotist, Don Buethorn, CPO (owner of Cascade Dafo, Inc. and Cascade Prosthetics & Orthotics).

  • Anatomy Review: Bones of the Foot Anatomy Review: Bones of the Foot

    A quick review of the bones of the foot -- useful for practitioners who work with lower extremity orthoses.

  • Anatomy Review: Terms of Position Anatomy Review: Terms of Position

    A quick review of anatomical terms of position, useful for practitioners who work with lower extremity orthoses.

  • How to | Assess range & voluntary control in the crouching patient How to | Assess range & voluntary control in the crouching patient

    In this educational video, Cascade Dafo owner/founder Don Buethorn, CPO, talks about assessing range and level of voluntary control in patients who exhibit crouching/excess dorsiflexion. Includes discussion of various Cascade Dafo brace styles.

  • How to | Size for Fast Fit by tracing the foot How to | Size for Fast Fit by tracing the foot

    This instructional video provides tips to determine the correct size for Cascade Dafo's prefabricated Fast Fit products by tracing the child's foot.

  • How to | Size for Fast Fit using the sizing jig How to | Size for Fast Fit using the sizing jig

    This instructional video provides guidance for using the paper sizing jig to help order the correct size for Cascade Dafo's prefabricated Fast Fit products. The Fast Fit Printable Sizing Jig can be found by copying this link into your browser: cascadedafo.com/library/documents/fast-fit-printable-sizing-jig. You can also find it by typing "sizing jig" into the search box.

  • How to | Determine proper fit: Fast Fit shoe inserts How to | Determine proper fit: Fast Fit shoe inserts

    How to determine proper fit: Fast Fit shoe inserts

  • How to | Determine if a Fast Fit shoe insert is too small How to | Determine if a Fast Fit shoe insert is too small

    This instructional video provides tips to determine if your Fast Fit shoe insert is too small.

  • How to | Determine if a Fast Fit shoe insert is too big How to | Determine if a Fast Fit shoe insert is too big

    This instructional video provides tips to determine if your Fast Fit shoe insert is too large.

  • How to | Rehearse your correction before casting How to | Rehearse your correction before casting

    This instructional narrated video provides guidance for rehearsing the final corrected position you'd like to capture in the cast, prior to starting the casting process for custom-fabricated DAFOs.

  • How to | Cast for DAFOs How to | Cast for DAFOs

    This instructional video provides step-by-step guidance for casting for DAFOs. This video shows how to make a cast in preparation for ordering custom DAFOs. The shape you capture in the cast will be used to fabricate a DAFO -- a good cast is a critical component for superior fit and function of the finished orthosis.

  • How to | Trim medial/lateral distal trimlines at initial fitting How to | Trim medial/lateral distal trimlines at initial fitting

    Cindy Diener, CPO, narrates this instructional video, showing common adjustments made to a DAFO at the inital patient fitting.

  • How to | Adjust distal trimlines How to | Adjust distal trimlines

    This how-to video shows the process of adjusting the distal trimlines.

  • How to | Adjust distal trimlines on a Softy liner How to | Adjust distal trimlines on a Softy liner

    This how-to video shows the process of adjusting distal trimlines on a Softy liner.

  • How to | Trim the toe shelf on a DAFO How to | Trim the toe shelf on a DAFO

    This how-to video shows the process of trimming the toe shelf on a DAFO.

  • How to | Place & trim the toe rise pad in the field How to | Place & trim the toe rise pad in the field

    In this instructional video Cindy Diener, CPO, shows how she trims and places the toe rise pad on a DAFO when in the field (when acess to an orthotics lab is not available).

  • How to | Place & trim the toe rise pad (with heat gun adjustments) How to | Place & trim the toe rise pad (with heat gun adjustments)

    This instructional video is narrated by Cascade Dafo owner/founder Don Buethorn, CPO and provides instruction for placing the toe rise pad on a DAFO. In this video, Don uses an embossing gun to heat and soften the plastic before trimming

  • How to | Place & trim the toe rise pad in the orthotic lab How to | Place & trim the toe rise pad in the orthotic lab

    This instructional video, narrated by Cindy Diener, CPO, shows step-by-step tips for trimming and placing the toe rise pad on a DAFO, when access to the tools in a typical orthotics lab is available.

  • How to | Flare proximal trimlines on a DAFO 4 How to | Flare proximal trimlines on a DAFO 4

    This how-to video shows the process of flaring the proximal trimlines on a DAFO 4.

  • How to | Flare the proximal trimline on a DAFO Tami2 How to | Flare the proximal trimline on a DAFO Tami2

    This how-to video shows the process of flaring the proximal trimline on a DAFO Tami2.

  • How to | Flare the met head How to | Flare the met head

    This how-to video shows the process of flaring the brace at the 5th met head, a common field adjustment.

  • How to | Relieve the navicular by cutting a window How to | Relieve the navicular by cutting a window

    This how-to video shows the process of cutting a window at the navicular to relieve pressure.

  • How to | Relieve boney prominences How to | Relieve boney prominences

    This how-to video shows the process of relieving boney prominences by heating and pushing out, a common field adjustment. It also includes a brief tool explanation.

  • How to | Don the DAFO 9 night-stretching brace How to | Don the DAFO 9 night-stretching brace

    This instructional video (no audio) provides step-by-step guidance for donning the DAFO® 9 night-stretching orthosis.

  • How to | Cut an AFO down to an SMO to test a lower level of support How to | Cut an AFO down to an SMO to test a lower level of support

    This how-to video narrated by Cindy Diener, CPO shows the process of cutting a DAFO 3 down to a DAFO 4 to test a lower level of support on a patient before ordering new braces.

  • How to | Fill out order forms on an iPad How to | Fill out order forms on an iPad

    This instructional video provides guidance for using an iPad tablet to fill out a Cascade Dafo order form.

  • How to | Don twister straps How to | Don twister straps

    This how-to video shows the process of donning twister straps

  • An example of overheating thin plastic An example of overheating thin plastic

    This video shows what happens if you overheat the plastic while making adjustments.

  • Relief Adjustment for Boney Prominences Relief Adjustment for Boney Prominences

    This narrated instructional video provides for making adjustments to DAFOs in the field, when access to an orthotic lab is not available.

  • JumpStart Fitting JumpStart Fitting

    Don Buethorn, CPO and owner/founder of Cascade Dafo, Inc., narrates this instructional video for evaluating the fit of prefabricated JumpStart® orthoses.

  • Brace design | Introduction to Fast Fit® Brace design | Introduction to Fast Fit®

    Don Buethorn, CPO/Cascade Dafo owner, narrates this quick introduction to Cascade Dafo's Fast Fit orthoses. The Fast Fit line includes affordable pre-fabricated shoe inserts and above-ankle orthoses -- no casting required. For more information, visit Cascade's website and take the free online course: Fast Fit Solutions.

  • Brace design | Understanding the DAFO Tami2 Brace design | Understanding the DAFO Tami2

    Cascade Dafo, Inc. owner/founder Don Buethorn, CPO, explains the DAFO Tami2 orthosis. The DAFO Tami2 is a custom-fabricated, articulated AFO with Tamarack hinges (straight or dorsi-assist). This two-part orthosis has a flexible, polyethelene inner liner to comfortably maintain and/or correct foot alignment. The standard trimline of the outer frame has a plantarflexion stop -- used for patients who exhibit stong excess plantarflexion or knee hyperextension. Dorsi-assist hinges are available in 75, 85, or 95 durometer; also available with a straight Tamarack hinge. The DAFO Tami2 can also be fabricated with a free-ankle trimline, allowing a smooth movement in the sagittal plane. The proximal, outer portion of the DAFO Tami2 with the free ankle trimline provides above-ankle leverage to assist with medial/lateral stability -- appropriate for patients who exhibit high-tone pronation/supination but need minimal ankle control.

  • Assess, fit, and wear | Moderate low tone pronation | JumpStart Leap Frog Assess, fit, and wear | Moderate low tone pronation | JumpStart Leap Frog

    Kip, a 2-year-old boy who exhibits moderate low tone pronation, benefits from wearing Cascade Dafo's prefabricated JumpStart Leap Frog SMOs. This video follows the bracing process -- from patient assessment to fit and wear of the orthotics, including tips for trimming them to fit inside shoes. Narrated by Cindy Diener, CPO, from Cascade Prosthetics & Orthotics.

  • Case study | 6 yr. old boy - excess plantarflexion | Is he ready for SMO style braces? Case study | 6 yr. old boy - excess plantarflexion | Is he ready for SMO style braces?

    Jill Smith, PT, and Cindy Deiner, CPO, team together to determine if their young patient can tolerate a lower level of support in his next pair of DAFOs.

  • Case study | 4 yr. old boy - moderate crouching | DAFO FA Case study | 4 yr. old boy - moderate crouching | DAFO FA

    This case study video follows a young patient with a diagnosis of Spina Bifida. Jaxon, age 4, exhibits pronation and excess dorsiflexion. He receives a pair of custom fabricated DAFO FA orthoses. When initially fit with his new DAFOs, it's clear that the dorsiflexion angle of the braces, when worn with shoes, is too aggressive. The braces are remade for an improved outcome. This video is narrated by Cindy Diener, CPO.

  • Case study | 3 yr. old girl - excess dorsiflexion/crouching | DAFO Turbo Softy Case study | 3 yr. old girl - excess dorsiflexion/crouching | DAFO Turbo Softy

    This case study follows a young patient diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, Emri age 3, exhibits excess dorsiflexion/crouching. She receives a pair of custom fabricated DAFO Turbo Softy orthoses. Her physical therapist Kathy Shaprio, PT is interviewed about Emri's progress. The video is narrated by Don Buethorn, CPO.

  • Case study | 4yr. old boy with excess plantarflexion & swing phase inconsistency | Comparing the DAFO 3.5 & DAFO Tami2 Case study | 4yr. old boy with excess plantarflexion & swing phase inconsistency | Comparing the DAFO 3.5 & DAFO Tami2

    Mason, a 4-year-old boy with hemplegia, exhibits swing phase inconsistency and excess plantarflexion on his affected side. Follow along with this video comparing his gait in the plantarflexion resist DAFO 3.5 orthosis with his gait in the plantarflexion block hinged DAFO Tami2 orthosis. This video is narrated by the patient's orthotist, Larry Paise, CPO.

  • Case study | Swing phase inconsistency | DAFO 3.5 Case study | Swing phase inconsistency | DAFO 3.5

    This video follows a young patient over time. This patient exhibits swing phase inconsistency and an unstable, ataxic gait. He is casted for a pair of custom fabricated DAFO 3.5 plantarflexion resist braces to help provide him with support and stability. The DAFO 3.5 combines wrap-arond foot control with a leaf-spring style posterior upright that comfortably provides graded resistance to ankle movement. This video is narrated by the patient's orthotist, Larry Paise, CPO.

  • Case study | Excess plantarflexion: a view of the same patient at age 2 and age 7 Case study | Excess plantarflexion: a view of the same patient at age 2 and age 7

    This case study video shows the same patient, Summer, at age 2 and age 7. Summer has a diagnosis of schizencephaly and exhibits strong excess plantarflexion (toe walking) with high muscle tone. At age 2, she wears a pair of custom fabricated DAFO 3 Softy plantarflexion block orthoses to help control foot position. At age 7, Summer wears a pair of custom fabricated DAFO 2 orthoses -- hinged plantarflexion block style orthoses. This video is narrated by the patient's orthotist: Cindy Diener, CPO.

  • Patient story | 4 yr. old boy with excess plantarflexion & swing phase inconsistency - DAFO Tami2 Patient story | 4 yr. old boy with excess plantarflexion & swing phase inconsistency - DAFO Tami2

    Mason, a 4-year-old boy with hemplegia, exhibits swing phase inconsistency and excess plantarflexion on his affected side. Follow along with this video comparing his gait in the plantarflexion resist DAFO 3.5 orthosis with his gait in the plantarflexion block hinged DAFO Tami2 orthosis. This video is narrated by the patient's orthotist, Larry Paise, CPO.

  • Before & After: Low Tone Pronation | JumpStart Leap Frog Before & After: Low Tone Pronation | JumpStart Leap Frog

    This before-and-after video shows a young patient wearing a pair of pre-fabricated Jump Start Leap Frog orthoses. The Jump Start Leap Frog was developed to help young children with correctable foot positions re-align their base of support for improved stability during standing and walking.

  • Before & After: Moderate Low Tone Pronation | Chipmunk Before & After: Moderate Low Tone Pronation | Chipmunk

    This patient is wearing a UCBL-style shoe insert, the Fast Fit Chipmunk, to help control moderate low tone pronation. The Chipmunk is ortho-engineered to control moderate pronation of the pediatric foot with an optimal amount of support and comfort. This low-profile solution features a unique, integrated two-part system, combining internal alignment from molded foam contours with the stability of a flat external base.

  • Before & After: Low Tone Pronation | Chipmunk Before & After: Low Tone Pronation | Chipmunk

    This before-and-after patient video shows a young boy who exhibits low tone pronation benefit from the use of Cascade Dafo's prefabricated shoe insert, the Fast Fit Chipmunk. The unique trimlines of this shoe insert offer a good solution for patients who require more support than an insole, but would be over-braced in an above-ankle orthosis.

  • Before & After: Strong Low Tone Pronation | JumpStart Leap Frog Before & After: Strong Low Tone Pronation | JumpStart Leap Frog

    This before and after video shows a young patient benefitting from the added stability and support provided by a pair of pre-fabricated JumpStart Leap Frog orthoses. The JumpStart Leap Frog was developed to help young children exhibiting moderate to strong pronation realign their base of support for improved stability in standing and walking. Full wrap-around flexible support ecompasses the foot and ankle for pronation control. A well-defined plantar surface and compression provide proprioceptive input.

  • Before & After: Strong Low Tone Pronation | JumpStart Leap Frog Before & After: Strong Low Tone Pronation | JumpStart Leap Frog

    This before and after video shows a young patient benefitting from the added stability and support provided by a pair of pre-fabricated JumpStart LeapFrog orthoses. The JumpStart LeapFrog was developed to help young children exhibiting moderate to strong pronation realign their base of support for improved stability in standing and walking. Full wrap-around flexible support ecompasses the foot and ankle for pronation control. A well-defined plantar surface and compression provide proprioceptive input.

  • Before & After: Strong Low Tone Pronation | DAFO 4 Before & After: Strong Low Tone Pronation | DAFO 4

    This before-and-after patient video shows a young boy who exhibits strong low tone pronation. He shows distinct heel eversion, marked forefoot abduction, and an absent medial arch. The after video shows him in a pair of custom-fabricated DAFO 4 orthoses with noteable improvements in foot position, stability and gait. Because of his fully-correctable alignment, this patient would also be a good candidate for an off-the-shelf solution: the JumpStart Leap Frog.

  • Before & After: Moderate High Tone Pronation | JumpStart Bunny Before & After: Moderate High Tone Pronation | JumpStart Bunny

    The patient in this before-and-after video is shown wearing the JumpStart Bunny, Cascade Dafo's prefabricated SMO-style orthoses. This off-the-shelf design is helpful for young patients who exhibit pronation and swing phase inconsistency. The Bunny's tall "ears" carry a strap which provide sensory cues to encourage heel strike.

  • Before & After: High Tone Pronation | DAFO 4 Before & After: High Tone Pronation | DAFO 4

    This before-and-after video shows a young boy who exhibits high tone pronation benefitting from the stability provided by a pair of the custom-fabricated DAFO 4 (supramalleolar orthoses). The DAFO 4 comfortably surrounds the foot, providing the patient with reliably stable support. With the foot comfortably held in a good functional position, the patient gains confidence in the ability to stand and bear weight, encouraging the use and development of walking skills.

  • Before & After: High Tone Pronation | DAFO 4 Softy Before & After: High Tone Pronation | DAFO 4 Softy

    This before-and-after video shows a young boy who exhibits high tone pronation benefitting from the stability provided by a pair of custom-fabricated DAFO 4 Softy orthoses. The DAFO 4 Softy comfortably surrounds the foot, providing the patient with reliably stable support. With the foot comfortably held in a good functional position, the patient gains confidence in the ability to stand and bear weight, encouraging the use and development of walking skills.

  • Before & After: Swing Phase Inconsistency | DAFO 3.5 Before & After: Swing Phase Inconsistency | DAFO 3.5

    A young girl wears a custom-fabricated DAFO 3.5 orthoses to help control swing phase inconsistency on her affected side. The DAFO 3.5 combines full wrap-around foot control with a leaf-spring style posterior that provides graded resistance to ankle movement.

  • Before & After: Swing phase inconsistency | DAFO 3.5 Before & After: Swing phase inconsistency | DAFO 3.5

    A young girl with a diagnosis of Guillain-Barre syndrome wears a pair of custom-fabricated DAFO 3.5 orthoses to help control swing phase inconsistency. The DAFO 3.5 combines full wrap-around foot control with a leaf-spring style posterior that provides graded resistance to ankle movement.

  • Before & After: Swing Phase Inconsistency | DAFO 3.5 with PE Liner Before & After: Swing Phase Inconsistency | DAFO 3.5 with PE Liner

    This adult patient, with a diagnosis of Charcot Marie Tooth, benefits from the stability and support provided by a pair of custom-fabricated DAFO 3.5 orthoses. The DAFO 3.5 combines full wrap-around foot control with a leaf-spring style posterior upright that provides graded resistance to ankle movement. The braces have been optimized to accomodate the patient's uncorrectable foot position and boney prominences.

  • Before & After: Swing Phase Inconsistency | DAFO 3.5 Softy Before & After: Swing Phase Inconsistency | DAFO 3.5 Softy

    This before-and-after video shows a patient wearing a DAFO 3.5 Softy orthosis on his affected side. The DAFO 3.5 Softy uses a soft foam linter to provide comfortble wrap-around control of a fixed, less correctable foot. This is combined with a leaf-spring style posterior upright, providing graded resistance to ankle movement.

  • Before & After: Swing Phase Inconsistency Before & After: Swing Phase Inconsistency

    This dramatic before-and-after video shows a patient who exhibits severe pronation and swing phase inconsistency benefit from the assistance of a DAFO. This patient's feet are fully correctable -- she is wearing Cascade Dafo's custom-fabricated DAFO 3.5 braces (plantarflexion-resist AFOs), optimized for control of her pronation and relief of boney prominences.

  • Before & After: Mild Excessive Plantarflexion – Toe Walking | DAFO 4 with Wrap-Around Strap Before & After: Mild Excessive Plantarflexion – Toe Walking | DAFO 4 with Wrap-Around Strap

    This before-and-after video shows a patient who exhibits pronation and toe walking benefit from the use of a pair of custom-fabricated DAFO 4 orthoses. The DAFO 4 comfortably surrounds the foot, providing the patient with reliably stable support. With the foot comfortably held in a good functional position, the patient gains confidence in the ability to stand and bear weight, encouraging the use and development of walking skills. The wrap around strap provides a cue to encourage the patient to put his heels down.

  • Before & After: Excessive Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 3.5 Before & After: Excessive Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 3.5

    This pediatric patient wears DAFO 3.5 orthoses to help control excess plantarflexion (toe walking). The DAFO 3.5 is a custom-fabricated plantarflexion-resist AFO, combining full wrap-around foot control with a leaf-spring style posterior upright that provides graded resistance to ankle movement.

  • Before & After: Excessive Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 3 Before & After: Excessive Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 3

    This before-and-after video shows a young patient with a diagnosis of schizencephaly. She exhibits excess plantarflexion (toe walking). Her excess plantarflexion is improved by wearing DAFO 3s, Cascade Dafo's plantarflexion-block custom-fabricated AFOs. The DAFO 3 combines full wrap-around foot control with a solid proximal posterior upright that blocks ankle plantarflexion and allows free dorsiflexion. This brace style is particularly well-suited for smaller patients as it is both light, and simple in form and function.

  • Before & After: Excessive Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO Tami2 Before & After: Excessive Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO Tami2

    In this before-and-after video, a young girl with hemiplegia wears a DAFO Tami2 to control toe walking on her affected side. The custom-fabricated DAFO Tami2 is an articulated AFO with Tamarack hinges (straight or dorsi-assist). This two-part orthosis has a flexible, polyethelene liner to comfortable maintain or correct foot alignment. The outer frame has a plantarflexion stop (also available in a free-ankle version).

  • Before & After: Excessive Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 2 Before & After: Excessive Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 2

    A young girl wears a hinged DAFO 2 on her left side to help control excess plantarflexion (toe walking). The custom-fabricated DAFO 2 combines full wrap-around foot control with a hinged proximal upgright designed to block plantarflexion.

  • Before & After: Hyperextension | DAFO 3.5 Before & After: Hyperextension | DAFO 3.5

    Sixteen-year-old Shane is wearing a pair of custom-fabricated DAFO 3.5 plantarflexion resist leg braces to help control knee hyperextension and swing phase inconsistency. The DAFO 3.5 is a posterior leaf-spring style orthoses designed to provide graded resistance to ankle movement. Like all Cascade DAFOs, the brace also features comfortable, full wrap-around foot control.

  • Before & After: Hyperextension | JumpStart Kangaroo Before & After: Hyperextension | JumpStart Kangaroo

    This patient is wearing a pair of pre-fabricated Jump Start Kangaroo orthoses to control hyperextension. The Jump Start Kangaroo was developed to help young patients with fully-correctable foot position and excess plantarflexion realign their base of support to improve stability in standing and walking.

  • Before & After: Hyperextension | DAFO 2 Before & After: Hyperextension | DAFO 2

    The patient in this before-and-after video exhibits strong knee hyperextension. He benefits from the stability and control provided by a pair of custom-fabricated hinged DAFO 2 orthoses. The DAFO 2 provides comfortable, wrap-around foot control with a hinged proximal upright designed to block ankle plantarflexion.

  • Before & After: Excess Dorsiflexion | DAFO Turbo Before & After: Excess Dorsiflexion | DAFO Turbo

    This before-and-after video shows a young boy with a crouched posture benefit from the stability and support of solid-ankle AFOs. Patient is wearing the DAFO Turbo -- a 2-part custom-fabricated brace consisting of a wrap-around inner liner for foot control, combined with a rigid outer foundation that effectively blocks ankle movement, applying a gentle correction to the patient's excess dorsiflexion.

  •  Adam: Hyperextension Adam: Hyperextension

    A young boy with knee hyperextension experiences improvement in stability and gait pattern when introduced to a combined regimen of bracing and physical therapy. This video demonstrates the brace selection process from assessing the patient’s needs, to assessing the outcome.

  • Allen: Excess plantarflexion Allen: Excess plantarflexion

    Allen, a 2 year old boy, exhibits excess plantarflexion and needs a device that will encourage full-contact standing during school-based therapy activities. Allen wears a pair of pre-fabricated JumpStart Kangaroo orthoses to block excess plantarflexion and encourage active dorsiflexion. This video shows the entire bracing process -- from patient assessment to sizing to fitting and adjustments, and finally, evaluation of fit and function. Narrated by Don Buethorn, CPO -- owner of Cascade Dafo, Inc.

  • Austin: Hyperextension Austin: Hyperextension

    Follow 6-year-old patient Austin as he receives a pair of custom-fabricated DAFO Tami2 orthoses to encourage voluntary control of his knee hyperextension. Includes footage and discussion of the initial fitting process and standard adjustments to the DAFOs. Narrated by the patient's orthotist, Don Buethorn, CPO -- owner of Cascade Dafo, Inc.

  • Austin: Hyperextension | A Follow-up Austin: Hyperextension | A Follow-up

    A follow-up to the first video of Austin, who wears bilateral DAFO Tami2s with dorsi-assist hinges and a free plantar-flexion trimline to help him control his pronation and knee hyperextension. Begins with a recap of his initial fitting and then shows his growing progress over time with the new braces. Demonstrates the importance of time to habituate to new braces and an integrated approach to the combined efforts of bracing and physical therapy.

  • Bobby: High Tone Pronation Bobby: High Tone Pronation

    Bobby, an 8-year-old boy with spastic diplegia, benefits from wearing Cascade Dafo's custom-fabricated DAFO 4 SMO-style orthoses. This video is narrated by Bobby's physical therapist, Kathy Shapiro, and shows Bobby walking with and without orthoses, and using the orthoses during physical therapy sessions.

  • Cassidy: Swing Phase Inconsistency Cassidy: Swing Phase Inconsistency

    This video follows a pediatric physical therapy session with 8-year-old Cassidy, who presents with hemiplegia. Cassidy wears a DAFO Tami2 orthosis on her affected side to encourage voluntary control of her swing phase inconsistency. This video is narrated by the patient's physical therapist, Vicki Schwartz, and shows different PT exercises throughout the session.

  • Diane: Hyperextension Diane: Hyperextension

    This video, narrated by the patient's pediatric physical therapist Gay Burton, follows 3-year-old Diane during a PT session. Diane has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy (spastic diplegia) and has spasticity in her lower extremity. Her ankles are in a plantarflexed position and she hyperextends her knees for stability. Diane wears a pair of prefabricated plantarflexion block orthoses (Cascade Dafo's JumpStart Kangaroos). The video includes explanation of various PT exercises during a typical session with Diane.

  • Ellen: Low Tone Pronation Ellen: Low Tone Pronation

    This video follows Ellen, a 2-year-old girl with Down syndrome, during a pediatric physical therapy session. Her physical therapist, Jill Smith, narrates the video and talks about the purpose of various PT exercises shown throughout the session. Includes commentary and tips for working with toddlers. Ellen is wearing a pair of Cascade Dafo's prefabricated UCBL-style shoe inserts, the Fast Fit PollyWog (the PollyWog product has since been updated and replaced by the Fast Fit Chipmunk) to help control her low tone pronation. The shoe inserts provide increased stability and help improve Ellen's gait, especially while walking on uneven surfaces.

  • Justin: Excessive Plantarflexion Justin: Excessive Plantarflexion

    The video shows Justin, a 4-year-old boy with Cerebal Palsy (hemiplegia), using a custom-fabricated DAFO 3 on his affected side, to control excessive plantarflexion (toe walking). This video is narrated by the patient's pediatric physical therapist, Nancy Shapiro. It shows Justin with and without the DAFO during his physical therapy session. Includes commentary about various physical therapy activities, including using a treadmill to work with pediatric patients.

  • Katie: Low Tone Pronation Katie: Low Tone Pronation

    This patient case study follows Katie, a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome, as she is assessed for orthoses. Includes footage of Katie walking with and without orthoses. Katie exhibits low tone pronation and benefits from the support provided from Cascade Dafo's prefabricated JumpStart Leap Frogs - SMO-style orthoses. This video is narrated by Katie's orthotist, Don Buethorn, CPO.

  • McKenna's Paralympic Journey McKenna's Paralympic Journey

    Follow the story of recent high school graduate McKenna Dahl, 18, of Arlington, Wash. as she prepares to become a resident athlete at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, moving one step closer towards her dream of competing for Team USA in Paralympic Shooting.

  • Rachel: Excess plantarflexion | Toe walking Rachel: Excess plantarflexion | Toe walking

    This video highlights a young patient with delayed motor skills achieving stability with the JumpStart Leap Frog. Her corrected foot alignment and the the repetitive motion experienced while wearing the brace give her added help for neuromuscular integration and successful movement.

  • Sally: Low Tone Pronation Sally: Low Tone Pronation

    This video follows a pediatric physical therapy session with Sally, a 2-year-old girl. Sally has hypotonia (low muscle tone) and wears pair of Cascade Dafo's prefabricated Jump Start SMO-style orthoses (Leap Frogs). Sally's physical therapist, Beth McCarthy, narrates this video, discussing the various PT exercises performed during the session.

  • Sandra: Low Tone Pronation Sandra: Low Tone Pronation

    This video, narrated by Don Buethorn, CPO, follows 1-year-old patient Sandra. Sandra's diagnosis is status post respiratory arrest. She wears Cascade Dafo's prefabricated SMO-style orthoses, JumpStart Leap Frogs, to help control her low tone pronation. The Jump Starts are lightweight and do not require casting -- effective for young patients with a fully-correctable foot position.

  • Nick: Low Tone Supination, Excessive Plantarflexion Nick: Low Tone Supination, Excessive Plantarflexion

    This video follows the brace selection process for a child who needs control of both excess plantarflexion when working on standing in physical therapy and free plantarflexion when crawling and playing on his own, in addition to foot repositioning for his low tone supination.

  • Niles: Excessive Plantarflexion Niles: Excessive Plantarflexion

    This patient case study video follows Niles, a 5-year-old boy who exhibits excess plantarflexion on his affected side. Niles diagnosis is cerebral palsy (hemiplegia). Niles' pediatric physical therapist, Vicki Schwartz, narrates this video and discusses some of the exercises she uses during the PT session. Niles wears a hinged custom fabricated DAFO 2 to provide foot and ankle stability.

  • Maya: Swing Phase Inconsistency Maya: Swing Phase Inconsistency

    Follow 10-year-old patient Maya as she gets a new pair of custom-fabricated DAFO 3.5 orthoses to help control swing phase inconsistency (Maya's diagnosis is arthrogryposis). This video shows the entire bracing process -- from the initial assessment to casting to fitting and adjustments. The video is narrated by Don Buethorn, CPO -- owner of Cascade Dafo, Inc.

  • Valerie: High Tone Pronation Valerie: High Tone Pronation

    This video follows 4-year-old Valerie during a pediatric physical therapy session. Valerie has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy (spasic diplegia). She exhibits strong pronation and has spasticity in her lower extremities. Valerie's physical therapist, Kathy Shapiro, narrates this video and talks about the various exercise performed during the session, and their purpose, including use of a treadmill. Valerie wears a pair of custom fabricated DAFO 4 orthoses.

  • Vanessa: High Tone Pronation Vanessa: High Tone Pronation

    This patient case study video follows 7-year-old Vanessa during a pediatric physical therapy session. Vanessa wears a DAFO 3.5 on her left side and a lower-profile DAFO 4on her right. This video is narrated by Vanessa's physical therapist, Jill Smith. Jill provides commentary about the purpose of the various exercises performed during the session.

  • Need help? Send us your videos Need help? Send us your videos

    This instructional video provides guidance for sending us patient videos to use for consultation to help with brace selection. Includes tips for filming the patient and what type of patient information to send.

  • Before & after: low tone pronation | DAFO 5 Before & after: low tone pronation | DAFO 5

    This before and after video shows a patient benefiting from the added stability and support provided by a pair of DAFO 5s. The DAFO 5 is custom fabricated from a cast, has defined plantar surface contours, fully integrated padding, and partial heel and midfoot wrap.

  • Happy Holidays from Cascade Dafo Happy Holidays from Cascade Dafo

    Cascade Dafo proudly presents: The Dance of the DAFO-Plum Fairy.

  • Tour Cascade Dafo's online courses Tour Cascade Dafo's online courses

    This video takes you on a quick tour of Cascade Dafo's online courses giving you a preview of the courses and how easy it is to log-in and get started.

  • Product video | Fast Fit® HotDog® and Fast Fit PattiBob® Product video | Fast Fit® HotDog® and Fast Fit PattiBob®

    This product video looks at the features of both the Fast Fit HotDog and the Fast Fit PattiBob as well as comparing the differences between the two shoe inserts.

  • Emri's Marfan Story Emri's Marfan Story

    Learn about Emri, a little girl with Marfan Syndrome, and how she has far exceeded everyone's expectations.

  • Product video | Cricket® and Chipmunk® Product video | Cricket® and Chipmunk®

    This product video looks at the features of both the Cricket® and the Chipmunk® UCBL style shoe inserts.

  • Product video | JumpStart® Leap Frog® Product video | JumpStart® Leap Frog®

    This product video looks at the features of the pre-fabricated JumpStart® Leap Frog®.

  • Product video | JumpStart® Bunny® Product video | JumpStart® Bunny®

    This product video looks at the features of the pre-fabricated JumpStart® Bunny®.

  • Product video | JumpStart® Kangaroo® Product video | JumpStart® Kangaroo®

    This product video looks at the features of the pre-fabricated JumpStart® Kangaroo®.

  • Brace movement | DAFO 3 and DAFO 2 Brace movement | DAFO 3 and DAFO 2

    This video demonstrates how the leg and ankle move in the DAFO 3 as compared to the DAFO 2. Both braces are designed to block excess plantarflexion which can present as toe walking or knee hyperextension.

  • Brace movement | DAFO 4 w/posterior strap Brace movement | DAFO 4 w/posterior strap

    This video demonstrates how the leg and ankle move in the DAFO 4 with a posterior strap.

  • Brace movement | DAFO 3.5 Brace movement | DAFO 3.5

    This video demonstrates how the leg and ankle move in the DAFO 3.5.

  • Brace movement | DAFO FlexiSport Brace movement | DAFO FlexiSport

    This video demonstrates how the leg and ankle move in the DAFO FlexiSport.

  • Brace movement | DAFO 3 Brace movement | DAFO 3

    This video demonstrates how the leg and ankle move in the DAFO 3.

  • Brace movement | DAFO 2 Brace movement | DAFO 2

    This video demonstrates how the leg and ankle move in the DAFO 2.

  • Brace movement | DAFO Tami 2 Brace movement | DAFO Tami 2

    This video demonstrates how the leg and ankle move in the DAFO Tami 2.

  • Brace movement | DAFO 4 Brace movement | DAFO 4

    This video demonstrates how the leg and ankle move in the DAFO 4.

  • Product video | DAFO 4 Product video | DAFO 4

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO 4.

  • Product video | DAFO 3 Product video | DAFO 3

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® 3.

  • Product video | DAFO Tami2 Product video | DAFO Tami2

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® Tami2.

  • Product video | DAFO 3.5 Product video | DAFO 3.5

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® 3.5

  • Product video | DAFO 2 Product video | DAFO 2

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® 2

  • DAFO KAFO | Casting DAFO KAFO | Casting

    This video shows a brief overview of a patient being cast for a KAFO.

  • DAFO KAFO | Donning DAFO KAFO | Donning

    This brief video shows a KAFO being donned.

  • DAFO KAFO | Ambulating DAFO KAFO | Ambulating

    This video shows a patient ambulating in a DAFO KAFO.

  • Product video | DAFO Turbo Product video | DAFO Turbo

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® Turbo

  • Product video | Dafo 9 Softy Product video | Dafo 9 Softy

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® 9 Softy.

  • Cascade Dafo | Connecting with our customers at AOPA Cascade Dafo | Connecting with our customers at AOPA

    Take a look at how much fun Cascade Dafo has connecting with customers at the AOPA National Assembly 2015.

  • Product video | DAFO FA Product video | DAFO FA

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® FA.

  • Product video | DAFO 5 Product video | DAFO 5

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® 5.

  • Derby's First Steps Derby's First Steps

    We received the following email and video from Tadd, proud dad to twins Derby and Loen: “My twins were born 16 weeks early, at just 24 weeks and 2 days gestation weighing only 1 pound 6 ounces each. They both were in the NICU for nearly 4 months and came home in February 2008. We were pleased with our NICU outcome, especially considering some of the hurdles that they both overcame. Fast forward for about 1 year – February 2009. The twins adjusted age is now around 1 year. My daughter starts to walk and is pretty much on pace with her adjusted age. My son, on the other hand, is clearly not going to be walking in the near future. We received a cerebral palsy diagnosis for him sometime in the middle of August, 2009 and the doctor prescribed him a DAFO. At this point, I was hoping that he would be walking on his own by Christmas. Then, he received his DAFO on Monday, August 31, 2009 and proceeded to amaze us by taking his first steps only 2 days later. You can only imagine the elation that his mother and I shared that day. There was no stopping him after that. For the next month or two he didn’t want to play, he only wanted to walk. So, while it is a little bit late, I would like to thank you for helping my son. His mobility really means the world to him and also to us.”

  • NWBA National Women's Tournament, Seattle, March 18-20, 2016 NWBA National Women's Tournament, Seattle, March 18-20, 2016

    Cascade Dafo attended the NWBA National Women’s Tournament in Seattle. What a treat to watch these super-energized and talented young women tearing up the court!

  • Product video | DAFO Floor Reaction Product video | DAFO Floor Reaction

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® Floor Reaction.

  • Product video | DAFO FlexiSport Product video | DAFO FlexiSport

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® FlexiSport.

  • Maggie and Beau Maggie and Beau

    Meet Maggie and Beau – like many kids and family dogs, they’ve grown up together. But Beau is not the typical family dog and the bond between them goes much deeper, as you’ll hear from Maggie while she prepares for the next chapter in her life.

  • Product video | DAFO 8 Product video | DAFO 8

    This product video looks at the function and features of the custom fabricated DAFO® 8

  • DAFO Creation Station - Come on over and get creative DAFO Creation Station - Come on over and get creative

    Decking out custom DAFOs just got a whole lot easier – and much more fun! The DAFO Creation Station takes the guesswork out of choosing between the various patterns and colors – and its interactive, straightforward design makes it easy to use. Not only will kids have fun designing their new braces, they’ll be excited to show off the final product!

  • Tips and Tricks | Master Packet of order forms Tips and Tricks | Master Packet of order forms

    Our electronic Master Packet of order forms can really save you time. Watch this quick video tutorial to find out how.

  • How to | Trim inserts for shoe fit How to | Trim inserts for shoe fit

    This instructional video shows how to trim a shoe insert for fit within the shoe.

  • Before & After: Excess Plantarflexion | Toe Walking | DAFO 2 Before & After: Excess Plantarflexion | Toe Walking | DAFO 2

    In this before and after video, a young boy wears a hinged DAFO 2 on his left side to help control excess plantarflexion (toe walking). The custom-fabricated DAFO 2 combines full wrap-around foot control with a hinged proximal up-right designed to block plantarflexion.

  • Before and After: Excess Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | JumpStart Bunny Before and After: Excess Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | JumpStart Bunny

    This before-and-after video shows a young patient who exhibits excess plantarflexion (toe walking). Her excess plantarflexion is improved by wearing JumpStart Bunnys with a posterior strap. The prefabricated JumpStart Bunny provides full wrap-around foot control. The posterior strap cues the patient, reminding her to keep her heel down. Some patients only need this gentle reminder. This brace style is particularly well-suited for smaller patients with fully correctable feet.

  • Before and After: Excess Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO Tami2 Before and After: Excess Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO Tami2

    In this before-and-after video, a young boy with hemiplegia wears a DAFO Tami2 to control toe walking on his affected side. The custom-fabricated DAFO Tami2 is an articulated AFO with Tamarack hinges (straight or dorsi-assist). This two-part orthosis has a flexible, polyethylene liner to comfortably maintain or correct foot alignment. The outer frame has a plantarflexion stop (also available in a free-ankle version).

  • Before and After: Excess Dorsiflexion - Crouching | DAFO FA Before and After: Excess Dorsiflexion - Crouching | DAFO FA

    This before-and-after video shows a young boy with a crouched posture benefit from the stability and support of solid-ankle AFOs. The patient is wearing the DAFO FA -- a custom-fabricated brace with wrap-around control and a high instep trimline that gently blocks excess dorsiflexion. This brace style is particularly well-suited for smaller patients as it is both light, and simple in form and function.

  • Before and After: Low Tone Pronation | DAFO 4 Before and After: Low Tone Pronation | DAFO 4

    This before-and-after video shows a young boy who exhibits low tone pronation benefiting from the stability provided by a pair of custom-fabricated DAFO 4s. The DAFO 4 comfortably surrounds the foot, providing the patient with reliably stable support. With the foot comfortably held in a good functional position, the patient gains confidence in the ability to stand and bear weight, encouraging the use and development of walking skills.

  • Before and After: Excess Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 2 Before and After: Excess Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 2

    In this before and after video, a young boy wears hinged DAFO 2s to help control excess plantarflexion (toe walking). The custom-fabricated DAFO 2 combines full wrap-around foot control with a hinged proximal up-right to block plantarflexion.

  • Before & After: Excess Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 2 Before & After: Excess Plantarflexion - Toe Walking | DAFO 2

    In this before and after video, a boy wears hinged DAFO 2s to help control excess plantarflexion (toe walking). The custom-fabricated DAFO 2 combines full wrap-around foot control with a hinged proximal up-right to block plantarflexion.

  • Fashion show | Introducing solid-color transfers Fashion show | Introducing solid-color transfers

    Introducing solid-color transfers. See our entire collection on the Creation Station. https://cascadedafo.com/creation-station

  • Tips and Tricks | Working with young patients while casting Tips and Tricks | Working with young patients while casting

    Quick tips for working with young patients while casting.

  • Tips and Tricks | Working with young patients during assessment Tips and Tricks | Working with young patients during assessment

    Quick tips for working with young patients during manual assessment

  • How to | Size for the Fast Fit Bug How to | Size for the Fast Fit Bug

    In this fast-paced, fun video, we show how easy it is to get the right size Fast Fit Bug to order by measuring the insole of a properly fitting shoe.

  • Product video | Bug™ and Chipmunk® Product video | Bug™ and Chipmunk®

    This product video looks at the features of both the Bug™ and the Chipmunk® UCBL style shoe inserts.

  • Carmel's AHC Story Carmel's AHC Story

    Meet Carmel, her mom Sophie, and her sister Miah. Learn about Carmel's diagnosis of Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood and the family's journey as they navigate the twists and turns of this rare condition.

  • Before & After: knee hyperextension | DAFO FlexiSport Before & After: knee hyperextension | DAFO FlexiSport

    This patient is wearing a pair of DAFO FlexiSport AFOs to control hyperextension. The DAFO FlexiSport has a semi-flexible posterior upright, providing graded resistance to plantarflexion/dorsiflexion.

  • Product video | JumpStart Softback Product video | JumpStart Softback

    This product video looks at the features of the pre-fabricated JumpStart® Softback.