Ankle Foot Orthoses: Patient Evaluation and Design Criteria


This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, SW, Case Managers and other health care professionals provides an introduction to lower extremity orthotic treatment programs. AFO’s have evolved from a two-dimensional linear approach to a three-dimensional volumetric approach with the use of various thermoplastics. This presentation presents a variety of topics for discussion, leading the participants through the entire orthotic treatment program. The goal is to promote a multi-disciplinary approach to patients in need of lower limb orthotic rehabilitation programs.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the aspects of the patient evaluation process that are essential for designing an appropriate orthosis
  • Compare/contrast the indications/contraindications for prefab, custom-fit/designed AFOs
  • Identify aspects of foot, ankle and knee alignment/ functions that are necessary in specific Rx recommendations
  • Identify and compare components, materials, clinical indications used in the fabrication of AFOs
  • Explain process of fitting and important therapy training concepts

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Domain of OT: Occupations, Performance Skills, Performance Patterns
  • OT Process: Interventions, Activity Demands, Occupational Demands
  • Professional Issues: OT Education

Hanger Clinic is an AOTA approved provider of occupational therapy continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.0 CE Contact Hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA APP No: 8417.