12 5/8” – 22 5/8”
Adjustable height with bendable bar to adjust sternal plate angle
16 1/8” – 22 3/8”
Adjustable height with precision adjustable sternal plate angle
The STEP’s height adjustability is achieved by sliding bars and spaced holes. Pectoral pressure is increased or decreased by bending aluminum (STEP-I) or resetting the hinge (STEP-II).
The “sternal plate,” so named because of its appearance, is a misnomer. It should not apply pressure to the sternum. The right and left ends, the pectoral plates, alone should apply the extensive force.
Shoulder straps are attached by quick-release buckles and are adjustable in length.
The STEP is an integral part of certain Blue Diamond Orthopedic TLSOs. Or it may be retro-fitted to other spinal braces. If purchased separately, it will include a hole-drill-template label and installation instructions. Either way, a hex key for the adjustment screws is included.
- Molded Kydex sternal plate
- Contacts only pectoral muscles
- Eliminates sternal pressure
- Height Range:
- STEP-I: 12 5/8” – 22 5/8”
- STEP-II: 16 1/8” – 22 3/8”
- Adjustable Shoulder Straps Range:
- 5” to 11.5”
- Includes allen wrench for adjustment
- STEP I
- Greater height range (see Specifications on left)
- Fitter may need to bend metal if angle needs to be reset
- STEP II
- Adjustable joint for precise angle setting
- No metal bending needed
STEP I or STEP II
A Guide to Brace Selection
At Blue Diamond Orthopedic, we offer our STEP in two versions—the STEP-I and STEP-II. Both are coded identically and both offer the same level of support and control. The primary difference is how to set the sternal pressure.
STEP Selection Tips
Use the STEP-II if the fitter doesn’t have metal-bending tools or if the fitting will be conducted away from the office—i.e., nursing home, hospital room.
Use the STEP-I for very short patients, especially elderly kyphotic females.