Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFOs)
Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFOs) are designed to provide support and proper joint alignment of the knee, foot and ankle, assist or substitute for muscle weakness and joint instability, and protect the lower limb.
This type of brace may be prescribed to combat the effects of muscle weakness due to a neuromuscular disorder or may be used as protection for patients who are in rehabilitation after a traumatic injury. Conditions where a KAFO may help include post-polio syndrome, multiple sclerosis, unilateral paralysis, and spinal cord injury.
KAFOs can be made from a variety of materials, including carbon composites, plastic, metal, and leather. There are a range of available knee joint options that can be generally classified as non-locking, locking, and stance control. Depending on your functional needs and your specific condition, your orthotist will determine the best type of knee joint for you.
Due to the number of options, a thorough evaluation of your current condition or injury is vital in assessing the best orthotic solution for your specific case. At your appointment, your orthotist will discuss application of the brace, a wearing schedule, and any wear and care tips.
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