What is an AFO?
Ankle-foot Orthoses (AFOs): Among the most commonly prescribed lower limb orthoses, AFOs are custom made for each individual to encompass the foot, ankle and leg, finishing just below the knee. Made from high temperature thermoplastic or carbon fiber, they are used to treat a variety of symptoms, including muscle weakness, joint instability and high muscle tone.
Description of Device
Fitted with a variety of purposes in mind, including controlling alignment, increasing mobility and independence, assisting rehabilitation and reducing pain, AFOs may also be provided with the intention of preventing deformity occurring. Depending on the individual’s 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.