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What is an AFO (Ankle Foot Orthosis)?

Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are made to support the foot and ankle. These braces are basically used to hold the foot and ankle in a correct position. Foot drop is a medical condition that requires AFOs. For this reason sometimes they are also known as foot drop braces. These orthoses are also used for other conditions like plantar fasciitis as they provide good contracture management. At HPFY you will find a wide range of ankle foot orthoses with varying degrees of overall foot coverage. If you need a brace to cover the entire foot or want to keep your foot free and breathing we have a brace for you. Browse the entire catalog today.Buy AFOs from best manufacturers like Patterson Medicals, Djo Incorporated, Advanced Orthopaedics, Alimed and many more at HPFY!

More About AFO Boot Foot Drop

Foot drop is the inability to lift or dorsiflex the feet of the ground. It can be a symptom of another health condition.Foot drop can be temporary or permanent. People with foot drop cannot lift their feet off the ground. This causes them to bend their knees and walk in a limping motion so that their feet does not drag on the ground. Foot drop can be in one or both the feet. Foot drop can occur due to disease, injury or toxic build up. Some of the conditions that may cause foot drop like:
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  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Cerebral palsy (CP)
  • Muscular dystrophy (MD)
  • Charcot-Marie Tooth disease
  • Friedreich’s ataxia
  • Stroke
  • Hereditary spastic paraplegia
  • Common fibular nerve damage
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Abnormal anatomy
  • Paralysis in the anterior muscles of the lower leg

Types of Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO)

A non-custom, off-the-shelf Anfle Foot Orthosis may be adequate if your foot drop is temporary. A custom-molded ankle-foot orthosis might be warranted if your condition is permanent. Technologies have advanced to construct personalized orthotics by 3D printing.
  • A solid AFO brace that provides no ankle movement can be Large and a little clunky, but it could be essential to stabilize your ankle and foot completely when walking.
  • A Hinged (articulated) model offers little ankle flexion.
  • A smaller, more mobile AFO can include a leaf spring at the rear. A rigid front toe plate with a flexible posterior footplate has this sort of AFO that bends and stores energy when you walk. The spring gives a little boost to your move as you raise your foot off the ground hence easily lifting your foot and toes off the ground.

In order to overcome foot drop problems you can use ankle foot orthoses in order to avoid abnormalities in your gait. Ankle foot orthoses come in various styles to provide utmost comfort and a normal gait. They also help in avoiding excessive pressure in your knees, thighs and hips due to the problem. Try the popular Optec Solid Ankle AFO Brace, Alimed Freedom Adjustable Foot Drop BraceAdvanced Orthopaedics Podus Boot or the Rolyan Foot-Drop Orthosis and many more.

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