( Rinella Orthotics, Inc. provides drop foot braces. 815-717-8970 )
Drop foot is a common problem. There are different solutions to this walking problem, of course. One of which has brought you here. We are here to discuss the use of “drop foot braces” and how they can help you.
Summary of Drop Foot
When a person suffers from this gait deviation, they typically drag their toes as they try to swing their foot through. When you walk, typically people only get about 1 cm to clear their limb. When we say “clear their limb”, we simply mean bringing the foot from behind you to the area in front of your body so you can take the next step.
Drop foot can be due to any number of reasons. Weakness in the muscles that bring the foot up, nerve issues, or a disease that is causing the foot to drop (such as multiple sclerosis). In the end, the result can often times be the same; you struggle to bring the foot up as you take each step.
Types of Drop Foot Braces
There are many different versions of a “drop foot brace”. Actually, the real name is “ankle foot orthosis”. The acronym for ankle foot orthosis is AFO. Either way, the drop foot brace (or AFO) needs to do one or more things for people as they walk.
An AFO (Drop Foot Brace) Needs To :
1.) Lift the foot up as you walk so that you do not drag your toes.
2.) If your problem is more severe, then the drop foot will have to provide side to side stability at the ankle.
3.) Or, it will need to provide indirect knee support, if your knee gets weak sometimes. The support comes via the ankle, which means your knee can be helped to not buckle or hyperextend with an AFO.
* If you are looking for a drop foot brace then we suggest giving us a call. 815-717-8970. We typically provide people with custom AFOs (Drop foot braces) because we believe that the heel shape, forefoot width, and arch height are all personalized components of a person’s foot. If any one of these is a little off, then the aid that is supposed to be helping you walk might be actually making you feel uncomfortable. This is what many off the shelf AFOs do. Yes, off the shelf drop foot braces aim to help someone, but you might feel uncomfortable unless you get a custom one.