Welcome to the world of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs)! If you’re new to the concept of AFOs, you may be wondering what they are and how an AFO may benefit you. An AFO is a medical device (orthosis) that is used to support and/or correct the alignment of the ankle and foot.
There are several different types of AFOs available, each designed for a specific purpose. For example, a solid AFO is typically used to provide stability and support to a weak or unstable ankle. On the other hand, a hinged AFO allows for some movement at the ankle joint and can be useful for people who need more flexibility and have some muscle strength.
Another type of AFO is the dynamic AFO, which uses springs, hinges, or other mechanisms to assist with movement. This type of AFO is often used for people with foot drop or gait abnormalities. Materials used to fabricate an AFO can vary from lightweight plastics to carbon fibre.
Regardless of the type of AFO, they all have one thing in common: they can help improve your mobility and quality of life. Let’s face it, we all want to walk easily! Whether you have a chronic condition such as cerebral palsy or have suffered a recent injury, an AFO may be able to help you regain function and independence.
At your appointment with an experienced orthotist, we will assess your specific needs and determine which type of AFO is best for you. We will take measurements and create a customised AFO that fits comfortably and provides the support you need.
Don’t let pain, instability or injury hold you back from living your best life. An AFO can make all the difference, and our experienced orthotist is here to help. Book an appointment today to learn more about how an AFO can benefit you.