Do you experience issues with your ankles resulting from an injury, medical condition, or other ailment? An AFO, or ankle foot orthosis, could help improve your overall quality of life.
What Is An AFO?
An ankle foot orthosis is classified as any device that controls both the foot and the ankle. They are sometimes referred to as "foot drop braces" but are ultimately the same variety of orthotic device. It is generally a custom-made device that is often designed from a cast impression that is taken of your leg. Newer designs are being offered as either an off-the-shelf device or custom-to-measurement option, which has expanded the available varieties of this orthosis. Even though the device expressly names the ankle as the targeted area of support, any patients experiencing instability in their lower limbs can benefit from its use.
What Do They Treat?
Many issues may result in the need for an AFO brace, including stroke, foot drop, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, severe pronation or supination, chronic ankle sprains, fractures, arthritis, toe walking, and more. As a result, AFOs are very common and are used to treat a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses. They come in many shapes, heights, colors, and materials.
How They Work
The ankle and foot are both stabilized with its use, which are commonly made from structurally sound plastic and similar materials. Motion of the lower limb, primarily the ankle, is supported and correctly aligned. Depending on each patient's needs, the ankle may either be totally stabilized or allowed flexibility. The vast majority are designed to be worn inside a shoe, either long-term for patients who need constant support or temporarily, such as in the event of a sprain or healing fracture.
Many insurance companies have labelled certain ankle foot orthotics as medically necessary devices, and we can help you determine if one is available to you at little or no cost, depending upon your coverage. If you've been struggling with ankle issues, are healing from an injury and experiencing instability in your step, or have had a device recommended to you by a medical professional, New Hope Prosthetics & Orthotics will ensure you receive the proper AFO that fits your individual needs.
Not sure if this is the correct device for you? We can also help discuss your overall need for foot orthotics. Every day, we fit patients for orthopedic shoes, diabetic shoes, diabetic shoe inserts, shoe orthotics, and more. Here at New Hope Prosthetics & Orthotics, we want our patients to understand that we are here for you every step of the way, assisting you in not only growing accustomed to your orthosis but experiencing overall success and improved quality of life.
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