WalkAide: This is the cutting-edge AFO for drop foot. It is a computer programmed unit that stimulates toe-pickup when appropriate when walking. The unit is a calf-band with a small microprocessor attached. Stimulation of the muscles is provided by two electrodes over the muscles (much like a tens unit). This can be used without shoes.
SUPRA MALLEOLAR ORTHOSIS (SMO) Commonly prescribed for young children who present with benign hypotonia and excessive pronation, or flexible pes planus. Assists in controlling medial and lateral ankle instability Used to properly align the foot in the optimal position for a more natural movement of the foot and ankle during gait. Improves balance and coordination while allowing for range of motion in the sagittal plane, so the child can stand, walk, run and jump.
DYNAMIC POSTERIOR LEAF SPRING AFO Commonly prescribed for conditions like drop foot, CVA, CMT, MS, Peroneal palsy, and lower extremity weakness. Aids in dorsiflexion during swing phase of gait for increased toe clearance and safety. Controls platarflexion at heel strike and maintains dorsiflexion during swing phase. Flexibility and resistance to plantar flexion can be controlled by adjusting the trim lines at the ankle and length of the foot plate.
SOLID ANKLE AFO Intended to provide maximum stability and control of the ankle and is often used in the absence of active range of motion. Used when there is a lack of medial/lateral control or stability at the ankle. Can also influence the position of the knee when moderate knee instability is a concern. Prevents foot drop by blocking plantarflexion. Assist push off by not collapsing into dorsiflexion. Note: May be excessive if orthotic objective does not require blocking plantarflexion, dorsiflexion and inversion/eversion.
FREE MOTION ARTICULATING AFO Commonly prescribed for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and frontal plane instabilities of the subtalar and/or talor joint. Allows full plantarflexion and dorsiflextion. Maintains medial/lateral stability Not recommended for patients with weak quadriceps or knee instabilities.
PLANTARFLEXION STOP AFO Commonly prescribed for patients with weak dorsiflexors /drop foot. Can also be used to treat tight plantarflexors, peroneal nerve paralysis and knee hyperextension. Prevents unwanted plantarflexion while permitting free dorsiflexion. Provides additional medial/lateral stability, talar and subtalar joint stabilization. Not recommended for patients with weak quadriceps or knee flexion contractures.
DORSIFLEXION ASSIST AFO Commonly prescribed for neuromuscular conditions associated with foot drop and weak dorsiflexors. Provides a dynamic dorsiflexion assist with passive plantar flexion resistance. Aids in dorsiflexion during swing phase of gait for increased toe clearance and safety. Supports ligament instabilities and provides medial lateral stabilization Allows smooth plantar flexion from initial heel contact to foot flat insuring knee stability
CROW AFO (CHARCOT RESTRAINT ORTHOTIC WALKER) Commonly prescribed for the treatment of Charcot Ankle in combination with diabetic Plantar Neuropathy. Provides immobilization of the foot and ankle and is an excellent alternative to total contact casting. Incorporates a custom multidensity inlay for total contact and/or pressure relief on areas of the foot. The rocker bottom and custom molded insert enhance healing and eliminate shear forces on the planar surface of the foot.