Ankle Foot Orthoses, commonly referred to as AFOs, are made for a wide range of reasons, such as drop foot caused by stroke, varus/valgus deformities, muscle weakness, and severe ankle injuries. An AFO extends from just below the knee to the foot. They can be custom fabricated to the individual shape of the patient or can be pre-fabricated and designed to fit a range of individuals. They also come in both solid ankle and articulated ankle varieties, depending on what is needed.
AFO with adjustable stop
AFO with joint and posterior stop
AFO with Tamarack joint
When you make an appointment at Align Clinic, our practitioners start with a thorough evaluation of your individual needs and working with you and your physician or physical therapist, develop a treatment plan to assist you in meeting your goals. A determination will be made as to the best way to proceed with your AFO and you will be measured, casted or scanned for the device. There are a variety of materials that AFOs can be made from, which can vary from carbon graphite to polypropylene. The decision regarding the materials and components used is determined by the desired range of motion and how rigid or flexible your AFO needs to be.
During the fitting of your AFO, you will be instructed on a break-in and wearing schedule along with precautions associated with the use of your AFO. Instructions on use, function, skin inspection, and care and cleaning of your brace will also be provided to you. If any adjustments or repairs are required in time, our office will provide these services free of charge during our 90-day warranty period.
We encourage you to contact Align Clinic at 650-375-2231 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for a free evaluation for an AFO.
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