Foot drop AFO
A foot drop AFO is an ankle foot orthoses that specifically supports the lower limb to prevent the foot from dropping during the swing phase of the gait cycle. The benefits of a foot drop AFO is that it will prevent the toes from catching, increase stability of the ankle and better position the foot throughout the whole gait cycle.
What are the indications for use of a foot drop AFO?
There are many indications for using a foot drop AFO. These include:
- Drop foot
- Weakness into pointing your toes up (dorsiflexion)
- Catching toes
- Trips and falls
If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a Foot Drop AFO please contact us to discuss.
What conditions are foot drop AFO often used for?
Foot drop AFOs can be used for foot drop in a range of conditions including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Charcot Marie Tooth
- Low back conditions
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nerve damage
- Muscular dystrophy
- Muscular weakness
- Peroneal nerve damage
This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a foot drop AFO please contact us to discuss.
What are the benefits of foot drop AFO?
There are many benefits that come from using a Foot Drop AFO. These include:
- Controls the position of the foot throughout walking
- Reduces the risk of trips and falls
- Increased proprioception
- Provides a lifting effect upon the foot
There are many benefits using an foot drop AFO to find out more please contact us to discuss.
What types of foot drop AFO are available?
Types of foot drop AFO that may be used include:
- Flexible AFO (Posterior Leaf Spring)
- Rigid AFO
- Hinged AFO
- Foot Up
- Silicone AFO