Accurate and objective measurement is often key to assessing function, enabling physical therapists to successfully create a plan of care for their clients. Products provide this essential data for many aspects of therapy, including those that measure leg length and muscle strength. Regardless of the type of assessment, PTs appreciate equipment that is not just highly accurate, but also easy to use.
Leg Inequality Measuring Pad
Designed specifically for healthcare professionals, the LIMP—available from G&W Heel Lift Inc, Cuba, Mo—is an easy-to-use device for determining leg-length deficiency when using the indirect method of measuring. The LIMP consists of eight layers of tinted vinyl measuring 3 mm per layer. Each layer is easily separated at the toe and reattached using static electricity. The device is placed under the patient’s short leg with layers added or removed until therapists determine that the pelvis is level. The material does not absorb moisture or support bacterial growth, and each layer is easily cleaned with soap and water.
For more information, contact G&W Heel Lift Inc, (800) 235-4387; https://gwheellift.com
microFET2 Muscle Tester
The microFET2 digital handheld dynamometer by Hoggan Scientific, Salt Lake City, is a handheld ergonomic device designed to objectively quantify muscle strength. The microFET2 fits in the palm of the hand, features a maximum force capacity of 300 lbs, and operates as a standalone device or with available clinical or data-collection software. Displays show peak force and duration/time; selectable units of measure in lbs, Newtons, or KGF; low and high threshold settings; and saved/recalled tests. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and includes three test attachments. Hoggan offers additional technologies such as digital handgrip strength and push pull force gauges.
For more information, contact Hoggan Scientific, (800) 678-7888; www.hogganscientific.com
Product Guide 2021: Measurement & Assessment