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AFO (Ankle Foot Orthosis) | Indications and Issues



Finding an appropriate AFO (ankle foot orthosis) can be a primary concern for foot drop patients who at the same time frequently face overwhelming anxiety about:

• The difficulty of the foot drop condition
• The uncertainty of the cause of the foot drop and how that will be resolved
• Pain management issues

Healthcare professionals need to address each of these concerns adequately and compassionately while at the same time emphasizing to the patient the importance of properly and regularly wearing his or her AFO device. An ankle foot orthosis is both a crucial part of a patient’s treatment plan and an important safety precaution.


The ideal AFO device should safely keep the ankle in place and promote healing for certain injury-related foot drop conditions as well as other medical issues. It should also elevate the leg to prevent pressure on the peroneal nerve below the knee. Aside from foot drop, an ankle foot orthosis also is indicated for:

• Ankle support for paralyzed legs
• Night splint
• Plantar fasciitis
• Prevention and treatment of plantar flexion contracture
• Achilles tendonitis treatment

While many AFO products treat these indications adequately, some are less effective at preventing other conditions such as heel pressure sores. Many metal devices may cause harm to the opposite leg. In these cases, a specially designed and crafted ankle foot orthosis, like Heelift® AFO, is an appropriate alternative.


Unlike some rigid, heavy ankle foot orthoses, Heelift AFO provides comfort and support via a semi-rigid polypropylene brace in a customizable soft foam device that protects both legs.


Contact us now for more information on why Heelift AFO can make a difference in your patients’ care.


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