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Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) 


 

A brace designed to aid in controlling the motion of the ankle joint and give stability to the foot giving control of both major joints of the foot.  The AFO can be fabricated with various materials including polypropylene plastic or metal and leather design. 

 

Molded plastic is most commonly used for the AFO, but in the event of edema (swelling) or skin integrity issues, metal and leather design attached to a shoe can be used successfully.

 

The molded plastic AFO can be solid ankle or the use of joints at the ankle can be incorporated.  This design fits inside an extra depth shoe, preferably lace up style.

 

 

ASSOCIATED CONDITIONS

 

Drop Foot

Peroneal Nerve Injury

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

Ankle Sprains, Strains

Tendonitis

Lateral Ankle Instability

Flatfoot

Arthritis

Polio

Charcot-Marie-Tooth

Charcot Joint

Cerebral Palsy

Muscular Dystrophy

Tibial or Fibular Fracture

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

 

 

 

WEARING PROTOCOL

 

Your physician will give specific instructions as to your particular protocol, but normally the brace is to be worn when active and ambulating if a functional design. 

 

If non-ambulatory, the AFO can be used to prevent ankle contractures and keep the ankle and foot in a proper position.

 

 

DON AND DOFF INSTRUCTIONS

 

The plastic design should be placed in the shoe and the foot slipped into the brace securely.

 

The metal and leather design is attached to a shoe with a receptacle called a caliper.

 



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