Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

Definition: is an orthosis or brace (usually plastic) that is worn on the lower leg and foot to support the ankle, hold the foot and ankle in the correct position and correct drop foot
Medical Terminology: Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

Whether there is muscle weakness, nerve damage or a collapsed arch, an AFO can help give you the extra support needed to improve your foot condition. This is a custom-made medical device to help alleviate foot pain and improve walking ability

What is an Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)?

An AFO is a brace that covers the foot, ankle and the lower leg. It has been used for decades to treat many physical problems with the lower limb.

When is an AFO used?

AFOs are primarily used to treat muscle weakness and drop foot due to a stroke, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), Cerebral Palsy, nerve damage, spinal cord injuries.

AFOs are also used to provide positional support for patients with excessive muscle tone, paralysis and congenital deformity or to immobilize the foot/ankle in cases of fractures, arthritis, wound management or Charcot foot.

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Indications for an AFO include:

The Cooksville Foot Care Clinic offers many different styles of AFOs, some are solid to prevent certain motion while others have hinges allowing some ankle motion but still preventing unwanted movement. By consulting with your foot specialist, the most appropriate style of AFO will be selected to fit your lifestyle and foot care demands.