ankle foot orthotics
Ankle Foot Orthotics (AFO) or orthosis are made from high temperature thermoplastic material. They are used to combat a variety of factors and biomechanically assist muscle weakness, joint instability, excessive tripping, and supporting paralyzed or weak muscles.
AFOs are fitted with a variety of purposes to control alignment, increase mobility and independence, assist rehabilitation and/or to reduce pain. AFOs are also provided with the intention of preventing deformity from occurring. Depending on your needs they may be hinged (made to bend at the ankle) or solid (no movement at the ankle) and fitted on either one or both legs.
Reasons to get an AFO:
· Ankle pain
· Excessive tripping
· Muscle loss/tone
· Drop foot
· Certain ankle joint tendinitis