Dynamic & Molded AFO’s – Understanding What This Means
When you suffer from a condition called foot drop it is important that you know what tools are out there to provide assistance.
No matter the severity of your case you can visit an orthotist–or brace specialist–to get a custom brace to offer assistance when walking. These ankle foot orthoses or AFO’s offer stability and assistance while walking which helps to alleviate the risk of falling or exhaustion derived from expending too much energy during walks.
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Dynamic ( See Also : Hinged / Articulated)
There are a handful of AFO’s that you can get from a professional brace specialist. The first type of AFO you can get is a dynamic AFO. This is a generic term that doesn’t mean what most people believe that it means, actually. It is not a term that most people in the industry even recognize as being legitimate. Dynamic AFOs has somehow simply become the term that has stuck. Most of the time when people are talking about these types of braces they are actually talking about hinged AFOs. This term is more correct to use. This, or articulated AFOs. This means that that the brace is basically able to move at the joint around the ankle. There are limitations that can be included in these types of braces that are not present in some other braces. When these move, they can allow the knee to move forward or to move backward because of the increased level of mobility in the ankle. This makes the AFO dynamic, and this is where the name came from. Sometimes having a hinged AFO is good, sometimes it is not. To understand why it is important that you visit with your local orthotist. They can examine your gait and muscle function and tell you why a hinged one may or may not be the best for you.
Molded AFO (See Also : Custom Made AFO, Made From A Custom Impression)
Molded AFOs are another generic term that is used. This is just a term that is not being used in the way that it should be used. When you look at the facts, it is often being applied in the wrong way. It is somehow seen on many different places on the Internet. When people say that they have something like a molded AFO, they mean that they have a brace that is made from an impression or a mold of the leg of the patient and their foot. This is something that most people can figure out given the context but that does not mean that they truly understand what it is. If you look up the word molded ankle foot orthosis, you will find the acronym MAFO. This is not a term that is technically seen throughout the industry in any sort of a uniform way. There is a need for people who are writing things like this to come up with a standard set of terminology that can then be applied across the board. Professional brace providers, called licensed orthotists, are the best people to ask for the correct terminology when talking about orthoses (braces).
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