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Adaeze Mbagwu – IIOP Student Blog – September 13, 2021

Adaeze Mbagwu – IIOP Student Blog – September 13, 2021

What’s happening peoples! I hope everyone is enjoying all the good things in life!  

As the countdown to graduation has begun, things are speeding up, the projects are becoming more challenging and topics that were reviewed in the beginning are coming back. However, there is no fear because we got this. We came into this program knowing what we want to do, why, and how to achieve it.  

This week, we started our KAFOs which so far has been the most challenging project. Casting the patient’s leg requires two people. Both the practitioner and assistant are needed to hold the ankle and knee joints in place and to hold the leg up to smooth out the medial and lateral side of the leg. Everyone has done a great job with it so far! Next was modifications of the leg and phew… the legs from the thigh to the foot require a lot of modifications in order for it to become at least close to perfect. I found myself sweating bullets! It was still fun though. By the 4th semester, modifications become easier, and you find or create your own way of modifying and smoothing out the plaster.  

So far, we completed our negative impressions of our patient’s legs, mixed plaster to create the molds, modified them and pulled the plastic over them. Be back next week for more. Bye!