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#2E, Winfield, IL 60190


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After hours Always Available by appointment

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Ankle Foot Orthosis AFOs

Braces for Foot Drop – Ankle Foot Orthosis

Foot drop is a particularly common condition that limits someone’s ability to walk.

The condition can be caused by spinal or brain injuries as well as a host of conditions such as multiple sclerosis or even something as remedial as fatigue. – No matter the cause it is important that people who suffer from foot drop find the support that they need.  This will help to prevent falls.  Once you help to prevent falls, you also help to prevent injuries.  – Foot drop walking supports are available and they are referred to as “ankle foot orthoses–or leg braces”.

** If you want to get first hand knowledge of what an AFO can do, watch the videos on this page : : https://rinella-op.com/foot-drop-brace-afo-kafo/

Being Conscious of Your Foot Drop

Most people who drag their toes when they walk know that they are doing it.  Its the feeling of your toe hitting the floor too much.  It is the thought : “hey, if I pick up my knee extra high, I won’t trip because of  my drop foot”….  Be careful of not getting too used to hiking up your knee to get around and to clear your foot.  There are better ways to address foot drop.

Remember that in the United States one third of nursing home admissions are due to falls.  So being conscious of the fact that you have a foot drop or other walking problem is imperative.

Working With A Brace Professional

The best thing that someone can do to help themselves if they suffer from foot drop, is to contact a professional orthotist–otherwise known as a brace specialist. This person is going to be a licensed provider of special braces called : ankle foot orthoses, or AFOs.

AFOs / Ankle Foot Orthosis

These individuals (orthotists) provide their patients with either “off the shelf” AFOs  or with special custom made orthoses which can help people walk better.  It all depends on a person situations and time limits for the delivery of the walking aid.

The term orthosis specifically refers to a brace or external support. The device type that we are talking about in this article, fits into a shoe and it is primarily being used to help hold the foot up when walking.

Here are a list of benefits an AFO can provide.  It can help :

1.) prevent the foot from being dragging when you take a step.

2.)  prevent the foot from being slapped down the foot lands in front of you as  well.

3.)  can give the ankle side to side support. This is important if you feel as though you might roll your ankle or your toe swings inward.

4.)   AFOs give the knee some indirect support by helping to control the ankle as well.  This can help the knee  from snapping back (hyper-extending) or from buckling forward.

There are a few different types of devices that are made for this purpose, most of which are made of thermoplastic, though some are also made of either metal or leather and can be attached to the shoe using some sort of internal device. The person who is making your brace should be able to figure out what is best for you depending on your specific issue.

If you want to get first hand knowledge of what an AFO can do, watch the videos on this page : : https://rinella-op.com/foot-drop-brace-afo-kafo/

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