Are you having trouble walking currently?
Do you need to find a company that provides AFO braces?
Rinella Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc. provides off the shelf and custom AFOs to patients on a weekly basis. These special walking aids are designed to help you walk better.
Sure, a walking cane can help you walk better to, but if you could, would you like to conceal your walking aid? – That’s the beauty of using an AFO.
Common Uses For An AFO Leg Brace :
1.) To help hold up the foot when you walk – Many people drag their toe, due to a condition called foot drop. (Foot drop is more of a symptom of a large condition that needs to be addressed.) Sometimes, a person has foot drop because they are an older adult that gets tired when they walk, but usually there is a weakness or paralysis in the muscles that the foot as you try to clear your limb in gait.
2.) Balance – People can sometimes have balance issues either from “front to back” or from “side to side”. AFOs can help to reduce balance problems by centering your weight line. This is performed in the casting process and when the AFO leg brace is provided to the patient. – Many people fall each year due to balance problems and an AFO can really help in this regard.
An AFO can basically help to stop the moments that start a fall. This is either due to a person’s toe dragging when they swing their leg through in gait, or due to an instability issue at the foot and ankle. If you can stop the moments that begin a fall or a toe drag, you have just moved toward a safer gait pattern.
Rinella Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc. provides custom and prefabricated AFOs to patients on a regular basis. If you want to walk better and have a script from your doctor for a new AFO leg brace then we can help you. We can provide prefabricated AFOs, but usually we provide custom made ones for the following reasons :
1.) Your heel size and shape is very unique.
2.) Your midfoot width and arch height are also very unique.
3.) Your forefoot width and overall foot length are unique as well.
When you combine all of these things and realize that the brace will need to have a snug fit on the limb, you can see why many off the shelf designs have a shorter shelf life.
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