Are you looking for an AFO for your toddler? – This article can help you do that, but we also educate, if you would like to read on…
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Ankle Foot Orthosis For Toddlers
When you are looking for an AFO there are obviously different kinds. However, we really think it is best to get it custom made. The reason is that each foot is different. Your toddlers foot might be bigger or smaller than the “off the shelf” AFOs that exist and this means you might be forefeiting some support. (Which is the whole point about an ankle foot orthosis in the first place.)
A specialist will take a custom cast and measurements of your toddlers foot and ankle (anatomy below the knee) and from this they can custom make the brace to his or her specifications.
There are many different reasons that can lead a toddler to require the aid of an AFO. Among these reasons are the diagnosis of club foot, a stroke, cerebral palsy and the list can go on and on. But the premise is that you will typically get the brace to help support the foot and ankle and to control positioning of the foot if there is a problem.
Foot Drop Brace – Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)
You might be wondering, “what is an AFO?”
An AFO is a brace known as an ankle foot orthosis. This is often used for a bunch of reasons, but the central reason to use one is so that a person can help themselves walk better by supporting the ankle and the foot. This helps to stabilize the gait and it helps them to swing the foot through the middle of the cycle. In laymans terms, this means that you can help a person walk better, faster, and have a little more balance through the use of one of these. Or, it can be used for positioning for toddlers after serial casting for example.
Different Types of AFOs
There are a bunch of different kinds of AFOs. The most common type is going to be the type of brace that is custom made for walking. They can have hinges, sometimes they do not. For children, they can be colorful with patterns to make the experience more fun. In most cases though, it s best to remember that someone always has this brace inside of a shoe when walking or when getting out of a chair and walking. There are some other types of braces which can be used by people who cannot walk. They are called PRAFOs which are pressure relief braces. They are usually used for patients who don’t walk and need to accommodate support while trying to lay down and avoid contractures.
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