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Foot Drop Splint – A Step in the Right Direction





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Foot drop can result from a variety of conditions which can make diagnosing the underlying cause and prescribing appropriate treatment somewhat time consuming.


As healthcare professionals decide on a permanent course of action, a foot drop splint can be prescribed immediately to help prevent contracture and resolve the difficulties in walking that are associated with the condition.


In certain cases where an injury has caused foot drop as a temporary condition, exercises will help strengthen and heal the affected area, while a splint will keep foot drop from affecting the patient’s gait. A foot drop splint also may be used on a temporary basis during recovery from surgical or neurological treatments for foot drop. The prevention of a heel cord or Achilles tendon contracture during neurological or muscular recovery is most important. A heel cord contracture prevents the patient from placing the heel on the ground.


A splint also can become a permanent solution for chronic foot drop when surgery isn’t an option or when a shoe-clasp orthosis is impractical.


When used appropriately, a foot drop splint will help a patient by keeping the ankle at a 90-degree angle and by preventing the toes from dropping. Heelift® AFO often serves as an effective splint for foot drop conditions: Its semi-rigid polypropylene brace keeps the ankle properly dorsiflexed while the soft foam device protects the affected foot and ankle as well as the uninjured leg.


Contact us now for more information on why Heelift AFO is the right foot drop splint for your patients.


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