AFO Brace: Complete Reviews Guide To Buying An AFO Brace

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An AFO (ankle-foot orthosis) brace, is a support brace that is used to surround the ankle and, at a minimum, part of the foot, to provide the user with additional support for their feet and ankles.

AFO’s can be used for a number of medical-purpose applications, such as supporting weak limbs, positioning a limb with contracted muscles into a more normal position, and can further be used to as an ankle immobilizer in the presence of arthritis or a fracture.

An AFO brace can also be used to correct the condition known as “drop foot”, caused by a stroke. An AFO brace is typically L-shaped, and is used externally, and are usually made from either metal, plastic, leather, synthetic, fabrics, or a combination of materials.


Why Would You Need A Good AFO Brace?


A top quality, well-constructed AFO ankle brace will have the world of difference on the way you feel and the way you walk. Specifically designed to assist movement, AFO braces will provide extra aid to muscles and tendons while in use.

An AFO ankle brace is usually used to support, as well as provide extra support to weak muscles, and will also help to control the position of the ankle. Furthermore, an AFO brace can be used to immobilize the ankle and lower leg in case of arthritis or a fracture.

There are a few differing AFO’s that have differing purposes, that I will now have a quick look through:


Static AFO


Can be either a rigid or flexible, L-shaped device, with upward support behind the calf, and the lower support running under the foot, and is used to support weakened or paralyzed body parts.

A Flexible AFO can provide dorsiflexion assistance to the ankle joint, but does not provide much stability to the subtalar joints. A rigid AFO can block ankle movements and stabilize the subtalar joint, while a rigid static AFO is designed to help control adduction and abduction of the forefoot.


Dynamic AFO


Is used to facilitate body motion to allow for optimal functioning. A dynamic AFO provides subtalar stabilization, while allowing free ankle dorsiflexion and either free, or restricted plantar flexion. A dynamic AFO is also used for the treatment of adult acquired flat foot.

AFO’s can either be bought OTC (over the counter), or they can be custom made via special order, the choice is yours.


Indications For An AFO


· Control ankle position

· Compensate for muscle weakness caused by stroke, spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and peripheral neuropathy

· Ankle immobilizer in case of fracture or arthritis

· Enhance normal ankle movement

· Increase walking efficiency

· Minimize abnormal gait patterns

· Stabilize ankle and subtalar joint caused by adult acquired flat foot


FREEDOM Swedish AFO By Alimed


FREEDOM Swedish AFO by Alimed

The FREEDOM Swedish AFO has been specifically constructed to provide static dorsiflexion assistance and lateral stability for the entire foot and ankle region.

The injection-molded polyethylene splint allows for thicker polyethylene on the vertical, for added rigidity and support on the back, while the thinner footplate can be trimmed easily using household scissors, to achieve the ultimate personal fit and comfort.

The streamlined feel is made possible through the low arch and open heel and fits easily into any shoe.

A padded hook-and-loop strap help to secure the brace around your calf, and is available in both men’s and women’s sizes and styles, and is a great ankle brace for tendonitis.


Features


· Provides static dorsiflexion assistance and lateral stability area

· Injection molded for thicker polyethene

· Thinner footplate may be trimmed with ordinary scissors

· Made be further formed using a heat gun


The Not So Great


From some of the reviews that I have seen, the most mentioned issue with this AFO brace is that some found it tough to keep sitting comfortably on the leg. There are some that have mentioned it could be padded at the back to be a little friendlier on the calf. The straps at the top have been said to slip down, causing the wearer to continually have to readjust the brace and its position.


Conclusion


Whether you are looking for an AFO brace to treat an old, reoccurring injury, or whether it is to remedy a condition, such as wearing an ankle brace for tendonitis, there is no doubt that they help. Alimed’s innovative research and development department have designed this AFO brace with cutting-edge solutions, and it’s an ergonomically designed product to assist you as you need it.

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