Knee ankle foot orthoses

Knee ankle foot orthoses

Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses or KAFOs are orthotic devices which support the whole of the lower limb. At Orthotics UK we offer a range of KAFOs including custom made, E-MAG Active and the C-Brace.

What are the indications for use of a KAFO?

There are many indications for using a KAFO. These include:

  • Joint instability
  • Pain in joints of the leg
  • Excessive movement of joints
  • Misalignment of the knee and/or ankle
  • Reduced function of the leg
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis

If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a KAFO please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are KAFOs often used for?

KAFOs can be provided for a range of conditions including:

  • Poliomyelitis
  • Post-Polio syndrome
  • Partial paralysis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Hemiplegia

This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a KAFO please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of KAFO?

There are many benefits that come from using a KAFO. These include:

  • Improved stability
  • Improved mobility
  • More fluid walking pattern
  • Reduced pain
  • Increased confidence
  • Improved alignment of joints
  • Control of joint motion

There are many benefits using an KAFO to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What types of KAFOs are available?

Types of KAFOs that may be used include:


The C-Brace is an electronically controlled knee ankle foot orthosis. Through the use of integrated sensors the device collects information as the user walks and adjusts appropriately, helping the user to achieve a smoother more natural walking pattern.

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E-MAG Active

The E-MAG Active is a KAFO which uses electromagnets to provide control and support throughout the whole of the gait cycle. The electronics work to provide increased stability during standing and uses sensors to adjust as you walk.

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What is the process to be receive a KAFO?

The process to receive a KAFO would be:

  • Assessment
  • Measuring / Casting
  • Fitting
  • Review

There is a large range of KAFOs available each with different benefits and different levels of support available. Consequently your orthotist will need to complete an assessment which will include discussing any orthoses you have previously worn, observing your walking pattern and assessing your range of motion. Using this information your orthotist will be able to select the device which will provide you with the greatest level of support for your needs and requirements. Your orthotist will then need to take measurements of your leg and a cast if appropriate. This information will then be used to create your bespoke device. Once the KAFO has been manufactured you will attend a fitting, within this your device will be adjusted accordingly.

How do I arrange an assessment for a KAFO?

To get in touch or arrange an appointment, you can call us at 0330 088 3949 or email

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