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#2E, Winfield, IL 60190


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After hours Always Available by appointment

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Molded Ankle Foot Orthosis – AFO

Foot Drop Causes 

Foot drop is a problem that is suffered by many more people than you might think.  Good news is that it can be treated. Sometimes this condition takes place after back surgery or be the result of pinched nerve. Decompressing that nerve may rectify the entire situation. Other times, the cause of foot drop may not be so clear. The condition may be the result of a traumatic brain injury or multiple sclerosis. It can even be caused by a brain tumor or cerebral palsy. Even if you do not suffer from the conditions listed above you can still suffer from foot drop. – This walking problem can also stem from weakness in your anterior tibialis.

Weakness in the Anterior Tibialis

The anterior tibialis is responsible for helping to lift your foot up and then toward your nose when you walk.  This general movement is known as dorsiflexion. That is the more technical term.   This muscle can waste away or become fatigued due to many conditions. As a result people begin to drag their toes when they walk. You might also have instability in your ankle which can cause trouble walking as a result of weakness to the “Tibialis Anterior”.

Alternative Treatments

There is a commonly used handless walking aid that people use on a regular basis, and no, its not a walking cane.  The device is known as an AFO, or an ankle foot orthosis.  The best ones are made from an impression of someone’s anatomy, but some off the shelf ones are still good.  When in doubt, go custom though.  Why? Just think about the shape of your foot.  The individual nature of the heel, arch, forefoot widths and circumferences matter when you want an intimate fitting brace.  One of the biggest phrases you hear about a good brace is that they are “total contact”.  As a result, you can only guess that a custom brace would be the way to go.

When you realize that it is time to get an AFO for yourself, or someone you know, it is best to speak with a professional orthotist about which option is best suited for your particular condition. You can meet with a brace specialist in your area and get fitted for a custom brace in the exact location that you need it most. Some people need more support in their ankle while others need it under their foot. Talk to a specialist if you are in need of support.

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