An ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is often required to stabilize or protect the ankle joint. The ankle allows up and down, and side to side movement of the foot. Many conditions and injuries can result in ankle weakness or instability. This results in the need for bracing to support a weak ankle to prevent deformity, assist function and prevent deformity. A brace often helps a patient remain active.
The initial evaluation will consist of obtaining background and defining goals. We will also do objective tests (MMT, ROM, Outcome measures) to help determine the best orthotic options for you. We will discuss the pros and cons of each option. An impression will be taken for custom devices at this appointment as well.
At the delivery appointment, we will fit your device, make necessary adjustments and take outcome measurement tests again. You will receive verbal and written instructions for donning, doffing, wear schedule and care. All other questions will be answered.