In this video episode of “Foot of the Week”, we talk to a drop foot patient who has been using the dorsi-strap or x-strap (similar to the freedom walk, Foot up, or steady strider). We compare this drop foot treatment to the Step-Smart brace and demonstrate how the Step-Smart provides superior shock absorption at heel strike and also provides lateral support for better drop foot gait. Foot drop often causes falls resulting from an ankle rollover. Our drop foot gait analysis shows that without the ability to dorsiflex, the ankle is more susceptible to lateral instability. The lateral side of the foot or the outside of the foot can catch on an edge and rollover. Also, if the dropped foot lands on uneven ground, a rollover is difficult to prevent without ankle support. The drop foot patient also provides a testimonial in his owns words describing his experience and fear of falling. The Step-Smart is the best drop foot brace and dropfoot braces on the market.
Archive for September, 2011
Tags: AFO, ankle brace, ankle braces, Brace, braces, Dorsi-strap, Drop Foot, drop foot AFO, Drop foot brace, drop foot gait, drop foot treatment, foot drop, foot drop brace, foot up, freedom walk, orthoses, video
Tags: AFO, custom brace, video
In this week’s episode, we show an example of a Blaze AFO refurbishment. We can clean it up, add new pads, straps and top cover. Looks almost like new.
Tags: AFO, ankle brace, ankle braces, Brace, casting for custom ankle brace, custom AFO, Custom ankle brace, custom braces, foot drop drop foot brace, orthoses, orthosis, podiatry, video
In this Week’s vblog, we talk about the use of the term orthotic and how it is more than just a word to describe the Foot orthotic but also the AFO or Ankle Foot Orthosis. Also, we discuss AFO straps and how simple it can be to adjust your strap’s length by simply cutting excess material. We have many foot and ankle patients that dont feel comfortable altering the brace strap but so long as you leave enough of the strap to fasten the brace to the foot and ankle, its fine to cut off the excess material to make the adjustment.
Tags: AFO, ankle brace, Brace, braces, custom AFO, Custom ankle brace, Drop Foot, foot drop, foot drop brace, orthosis
In this episode, we demonstrate how we can refurbish an old AFO, in particular, the Step-Smart AFO. If your drop foot brace is looking old and shabby and needs to be cleaned up with new straps and brace parts, we provide this service at a reasonable price.