Ankle Foot Orthotic [AFO] is designed to obtain and provide support of the ankle joint, when there is a loss of muscle activity or provide control for increased spasticity. An AFO maintains clearance of the affected foot during swing phase [the time your foot is in the air when you are walking] when there is weakness in the ankle dorsiflexors. An AFO can allow for more push off of the toes during stance phase [the time your foot is on the ground when walking] if the plantarflexors are weak.
Less noticeable objectives of the AFO is to:
- Control minimal hyperextension of the knee
- Control instability of knee flexion
Overall AFO’s are designed to allow for the ability of the patient to walk safely, and prevent further injury or pathology in the future.
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