Education → 2. Beyond the Basics

Brace Optimizations

Further customize DAFOs with optimizations — optional brace features that enhance fit and function. Learn which optimizations are available, how to choose appropriate optimizations for each patient, and how to order them.

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Know the most common categories of optimizations.

  • Be able to use the DAFO Optimization Index to select appropriate optimizations to maximize brace effectiveness and comfort for each patient.

  • Be able to use the DAFO Optimization Index to communicate optimization requests on the order form.

  • Know what to do if you would like to use optimizations that are not listed in the DAFO Optimization Index.

CEU information:
This course is approved for 1.5(S) credits by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, & Pedorthics. Participants must complete the final test with a minimum passing score of 80%. Cascade Dafo will submit names to ABC on a monthly basis.

The coolest thing about this course:
You want it? We’ve got it! The DAFO Optimization Index lists 16 categories of nearly 80 optimizations— and most of them are free of charge.
  • Lesson 1 | Introduction to brace optimizations
  • Quiz 1 | Introduction to brace optimizations
  • Lesson 2 | Choosing brace optimizations
  • Quiz 2 | Choosing brace optimizations
  • Lesson 3 | Optimizations practicum
  • Final test | Brace optimizations
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Final test | Brace optimizations"
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever