Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

An ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is an orthosis or brace that surrounds the ankle and at least part of the foot. AFO’s are L shaped and are externally applied to the leg and foot. An AFO can be constructed from metal, plastic, leather, synthetic fabrics, or any combination.

Indications for AFO’s

  • Control of ankle position

  • Compensate for muscle weakness (drop foot) caused by a stroke, spinal cord injury,
    muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, polio, multiple sclerosis and peripheral neuropathy

  • Immobilize the ankle and lower leg in the presence of arthritis or fracture

  • Stabilization of the ankle and subtalar joint caused by adult acquire flat foot

  • Enhance normal movement of the ankle

  • Minimize abnormal gait patterns and

  • Increase the efficiency of walking