Ankle Foot Orthotics
Ankle/Foot Orthotics are defined as an externally applied device intended to help improve or modify conditions of the ankle or foot. Usually these types of equipment help to brace the troubled area, adding support to facilitate healing. AFO’s are the most commonly used type of orthotics utilized in treatment, with the majority of these being prefabricated, matched to fit the size of the user. In certain instances, custom manufactured AFO’s are molded from a cast taken from the individual. For the majority of therapies, pre-fabricated orthotics are suitable and recommended.
Orthotics, when worn daily, can provide support while reducing pain. They are also able to gradually improve the original condition that posed your specific problem. AFO’s are meant to help:
- Relieve Pressure From An Injured/Sensitive Foot
- Prevent/Limit Deformity
- Improve Natural Function
- Restore Proper Balance
- Reduce Foot Fatigue
- Supplement Other Customized Treatments
AFOs have long been utilized in physical rehabilitation, specifically for those who must relearn how to walk properly such as patients recovering from surgery, post stroke victims, Cerebral Palsy patients and those suffering from Polio.
Commonly Treated Conditions
In addition to those requiring expansive help from ankle foot orthotics, it has been noted that these devices are beneficial in alleviating pain and discomfort from more common ailments such as:
- Drop Foot
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Heel & Arch Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Athletic Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
Those who stand or walk for long periods, are overweight, or play a variety of sports can benefit greatly from these devices. Incorporating AFO’s into your treatment provide a reduction of stress on the feet and ankles as well as adding additional support.
What To Expect
AFO’s are not intended to be a cure or remedy for any ailment, rather they are a tool that can be incorporated into treatment to help decrease pain and assist in the recovery process.
Here at Integra Medical Center we understand the need to relieve your pain quickly. Once addressed, your physician may decide to incorporate an ankle/foot orthotic into your customized treatment plan. You can expect a complete explanation regarding how the suggested device will benefit your condition, as well as how to properly wear and utilize this durable medical equipment.
If you have any questions regarding AFO’s that have not been answered on this page, please Ask The Doctor by completing the form to the right. A member of our staff will contact you as soon as possible.