Don’t worry, we will show you some AFO pictures. However, we want to help you with some quick information first.
In this blog article you will see some different pictures of AFOs (ankle foot orthoses). Just as a brief introduction, (and we will keep this as simple as possible for you here) there are some different styles to AFOs.
Some are premade, or maybe more commonly referred to as “prefabricated”. Others are custom made (otherwise known in the orthotics field as “custom fabricated”.) Then, within these two general categories, you will find that some models have more plastic at different parts of the leg. Others, obviously have less. Some have joints (which means they can be referred to as a “hinged” or “articulated” ankle foot orthosis).
This is a an AFO as well. It is actually a custom made brace that obviously incorporates more plastic, when compared to the “leaf spring” design. It is used for foot drop and also for weakness and balance issues that involve more than just the dorsiflexors of the foot and ankle. This brace was made by Rinella Orthotics, Inc.
This is a custom made AFO, which incorporates a “leaf spring” design. These particular AFOs are primarily used for people with foot drop and all other muscle and balance function is within normal limits. This brace was made by Rinella Orthotics, Inc. The plastic on this brace will actually come back posterior to the ankle bones.
Here, you will see two versions of an articulated AFO. One short, one tall. Sometimes people call them “hinged” or “dynamic” or an AFO with a “dorsiflexion assist”. There is a carefully placed hinge in the AFO and each of the quoted names above are variations of the same – hinged AFO. With a hinged AFO a person will be able to bring their “toes toward their nose”, but this might not be good for every patient. Hinged, articulated, dynamic and AFOs with dorsiflexion assists are made at Rinella Orthotics, Inc.
When you look closely at this photo, you will see what appears to be a hinge that is not yet activated. This is true. It is called a “pre-articulated” AFO. You can compare it to the picture of the articulated AFOs in this article. A prearticulated AFO is available at Rinella Orthotics, Inc. and it will allow the patient to one day have the brace “articulated” (hinged), if needed.
Here you will see a picture of an ankle foot orthosis or AFO that is made from metal, leather, and obviously attached to a shoe. This brace is typically used by patients with foot drop or another more serious walking ailment, along with having diabetes (DM). The hinge that you see at the ankle is adjustable. This Metal AFO was made by Rinella Orthotics, I
AFOs come in all shapes and sizes. This particular AFO is custom made and is intended for the pediatric / toddler population. It is most commonly referred to as a SMO, but it is an orthosis for the foot and ankle as well. It helps to promote good balance at the ankle (in the coronal plane). This brace was also made by Rinella Orthotics, Inc.