Ankle Foot Orthoses
Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) are commonly used to treat a range of walking disorders caused by a variety of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, such as stroke and multiple sclerosis. They are designed to provide support and proper joint alignment of the foot and ankle, assisting in instances of muscle weakness and helping protect the foot and leg.
AFOs are typically made of plastic, carbon-fiber, or metals, with various levels of rigidity based on the needs of the individual.
Writing an accurate prescription for a custom AFO may involve different members of the extended healthcare team, including the orthotist, therapist, and referring physician. Ultimately, the design must match the user’s needs and goals. The AFO evaluation process includes an assessment of muscle strength and joint mobility, careful examination of an individual’s walking pattern, and thoughtful consideration of any underlying disease processes.
Following your evaluation, your orthotist will select or design the appropriate AFO to meet your needs.
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