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The Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker or CROW for short is a type of custom made brace that is designed to reduce pressure on the foot and the ankle for people who have a neuropathic ulcer and/or a Charcot Joint. The CROW is made from a cast or impression of the foot and lower leg and is designed with a soft footbed and cushioned liner. The brace is made of rigid plastic with a rockered bottom to allow for normal heel to toe walking. The brace works to reduce destructive forces in the foot and ankle, protecting the bone at the same time as reducing pressure on the bottom of the foot to help heel and prevent ulcers.

The CROW is used most commonly for patients who have peripheral neuropathy, often due to complications of Diabetes Mellitus. In patients who have Diabetes, the nerves maybe affected resulting in loss of feeling. If an area is damaged and the person does not feel it, they may continue to walk, creating more damage and not allowing the foot to heal. The damage may be at the skin level (an ulcer) or in the bones. The CROW protects the foot and ankle to allow for healing. For more information on the potential damage caused by peripheral neuropathy, please check Charcot Joint.

The Ministry Of Health and Long Term Care Assistive Devices Program may provide funding for the CROW when it is prescribed by a physician, provided by a Certified Orthotist and for everyday use of a chronic medical condition. The Certified Orthotists at CODG can help you with the Assistive Devices Program (ADP).


I just wanted to let you know - for the first time in months and months - I am able to go for a long, long walk - because my feet are not killing me anymore!!! I am not limping at work any more either!!! Thanks so much - I feel great! Even walking 8 blocks back to the car after the last appointment with them in my shoes - I could have done a tap dance all the way - the change was so drastic!
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When I saw Jim, it was for two appointments for braces he put in my shoes (that he had made recommendations about). I could walk and keep shoes on all day and I was not walking off balance. He was amazing. He took time to talk to me and explain things. My husband had gone to Jim for years for foot orthotics . I would recommend Jim to anyone.
- Ms L.M. -
I am so greatful that the heel lift for my right shoe has been so helpful. I am in less pain when I walk, I can now stand straighter, on both legs at the same time when I stand still. I should have done it a lot sooner!
- Ms. D.T -
I am a person with polio in my left leg. I 've been using Custom Orthotic Design Group Ltd. for many years. Their service is great and friendly, they know what they are doing. I am really happy with their services.
- Mr. K.N. -
Custom Orthotics has always stood behind their product. They have always treated me with kindness and dignity. Whenever there is an issue, they have repaired it right away. Friendliness is their top priority. The product is 10/10. I can't say enough and I find there is never any negative comments. I have been with Custom Orthotics since 1998.
- Mr. F.H. -
The whole process was very positive, Custom Orthotic Design Group answered all of my questions and responded to my concerns in a professional pleasant manner. I highly recommend that anyone requiring any form of custom made orthotic from a simple shoe insert to a sophisticated support such as my CROW walker consider Custom Orthotic Design Group.
- Mr. MB -
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