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 Evaluation

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