Are you looking for more information about AFOs?
Are you searching for one in your area?
The information in this blog will help you understand more about these special leg braces and how they help people walk better.
Sometimes a person may suffer from a week ankle, in a side to side manner. This is called coronal plane ankle instability. This is how you may feel, if you roll your ankle to the side for example. Usually people rolled her ankle to be outside and an AFO can help you to stop that.
If side to side ankle instability is the issue, then an AFO’s support at the ankle will help to stop you from rolling your ankle during your gate cycle or during weight-bearing activities. Many people do not know where their ankle is in space due to sensitivity issues. If you cannot feel your foot or your ankle many people have less confidence during the gate cycle because they will not know if they rolled her ankle or not. This is a dangerous situation for people because you could be walking around with a swollen, twisted ankle and not even know it!
Whether it’s the footdrop or instability at your knee or ankle an AFO can help you walk better. Period.
More about design…
Does your knee ever feel weak?
Does it ever feel like it might snap backward uncontrollably?
The height of the AFO comes up high enough underneath the knee (on the calf) in order to help stop the knee from snapping back. The ankle strength in the brace at the ankle section will also help to stop you need from buckling forward. – So an AFO is not only effective when it comes to side to side ankle stability, but also when it comes to helping to stop the knee from buckling or hyperextending.
People rely on these special leg braces for not only foot and ankle reasons, but also for supportive reasons for the knee. Many people turn to an AFO first because it is not a long leg brace like a KAFO and sometimes staying with an AFO is more effective for compliance reasons, versus that of a KAFO. We will discuss the differences between the two braces later, but there is a discussion in favor of AFOs that says “less is more”. Meaning a brace that someone will wear is way more effective than a more supportive long leg brace that someone will not wear.
If you have any questions or concerns about the way you are walking or about AFOs, give us a call 815-717-8970