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1890 Silver Cross Blvd. #255 New Lenox IL 60451

27 W 130 Roosevelt Rd.
#2E, Winfield, IL 60190


8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday- Friday

After hours Always Available by appointment

After Hours Available By Appointment

24/7/365 on call 1-866-746-3552

Patient Care. Dedication. Quality.

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Custom Ankle Foot Orthosis

1.) How An Custom Ankle Foot Orthosis is Made

2.) Where To Get A Custom Ankle Foot Orthosis

3.) Custom Ankle Foot Orthosis Testimonials

If you, or someone you know is looking for a custom ankle foot orthosis (custom AFO) then this short blog article will help you.

1.) How A Custom AFO is Made

We highly recommend that you do not monkey around with off the shelf AFOs because your experience will not be optimal.  For example, think about the unique nature of your arch shape, forefoot width, or heel, just for example. A custom AFO will be made from a cast and measurements of your leg.  The cast will be filled with plaster (in most cases) and then modified.  After it is modified a technician or an orthotist will pull plastic (in most cases) over the mold.   This is known as the vacuum forming process.  From here is it removed from the mold and straps are added after the shape has been realized with a specialized sanding machine.

2.) Where To Get A Custom AFO

Custom AFOs are made by people called “orthotists”.  For people who live in Chicagoland, Rinella Orthotics, Inc is a specialized company that provides these types of braces.  The number is 815-717-8970.

Orthotists are people that specialize in braces.  This means that they have had to go through school and a residency to become licensed in the state in which they work.  The bonus to working with these individuals is that if you have a problem, or your brace needs a slight “tweak” then you can visit them and they can help you.  – If on the other hand, you get a brace off the internet, your best option is to send it back.  It will not be made to the size and shape your anatomy either.  It might be close, but what if it digs into your foot just a little bit? – That “little bit” can become a big problem over time.  – We think you get the point and we won’t belabor the value of why custom is better than non-custom (otherwise known as “off the shelf”).

3.) Custom AFO Video Testimonials

If you really want to get a glimpse in how a custom AFO can help you walk better then click on the link below.  We are not kidding when we say that they can help you walk better.  But, why take our word for it, let these individuals guide you through their experience.  – These people were not paid to do these testimonials either.  – Don’t worry.

Here’s the link : https://rinella-op.com/foot-drop-brace-afo-kafo/


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