Iowa Brace Flex Bar

Although the primary goal of clubfoot braces, or boots-and-bars, is to maintain the foot in the fully corrected position (15-20 degrees of dorsiflexion and 60-70 degrees of abduction), the ability to wiggle around a little can make the process a bit more tolerable, can help with circulation, and, consequently, may increase adherence to the prescribed protocol. The connecting bar on the Iowa Brace is called a Flex Bar because it provides the young user with limited movement when he or she actively pushes and pulls against it, but always returns to the intended position when the patient relaxes. As seen in the accompanying video, it appears that this one-year-old is doing his own stretching exercises!