Improving Your Walk with an AFO?
1.) Why Use An AFO
Traditional AFO’s–or ankle foot orthosis–are designed to help someone improve the way they walk. These braces are needed when something interferes with your normal walking pattern. When your walking pattern is changed it can stop your heel-to-toe gait pattern. Whether your gait was changed because of an traumatic injury or because of a condition called foot drop there are ways to get help.
2.) Videos That Show The Effectiveness of AFOs :
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3.) Foot Control
An AFO can help to control the movement of your foot. It can prevent your toes from dragging and gives you more control over your gait. Many people get injuries due to falls and often times falls are directly related to a drop foot condition (where the toes drag).
4.) Side To Side Ankle Stability
An AFO can be used to improve side-to-side stability in your ankle. If you are prone to rolling your ankle or you lack stability and control of your ankle this is a great way to fix the issue. Sometimes your ankle control and/or movement is inhibited after surgery. If that is the case an AFO might be your best line of defense.
5.) Added Stability to The Knee
In addition you can use an AFO to improve stability in your knee. The height of the AFO on your leg can prevent your knee from continually snapping backward which can cause hyper-extension of the knee. The AFO can also help to stop buckling of the knee as well. The leg remains more secure with an AFO. If your knee hyper-extension is frequent and severe enough you may need a KAFO specifically designed for your knee. It is best to speak with a licensed orthotist about what brace is best suited for your condition.
6.) Shoes & AFOs
Once you have an AFO you might wonder what shoes you can wear. The best part about the popular plastic designs is that you can typically wear your regular shoes. Gym shoes are best while high heels are the worst. You can wear any type of footwear in between so long as it is large enough to accommodate your foot and your new AFO. You may need to invest in a new set of shoes that are one half to one full size bigger in one foot than you normally wear in order to make this accommodation. But inother cases your existing footwear works just fine especially if it has laces or some form of adjustment. You can speak with your
brace specialist before you run out and invest in new footwear. If you are unsure whether your footwear will work you can bring it with you to an appointment and test it with the brace.
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