An AFO is the abbreviation for an Ankle Foot Orthosis. An AFO is a special brace that is used to help control the ankle joint and also support the foot.
There are many types of AFOs. They can be custom or off the shelf. Made of many different materials including carbon fiber, plastic or metal. AFOs are used for different medical issues such as drop foot, ankle instability, ankle sprains, arthritis, tendonitis, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and many other concerns.
A certified Orthotist can properly assess you and design the optimal brace for you.
Back braces can be referred to as LSO (Lumbo Sacral Orthosis) or TLSO (Thoraco Lumbo Sacral Orthosis) and are used for fracture stabilization, pain reduction, posture correction, and for support or prevention of an injury. Common problems requiring back braces are sciatica, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, kyphosis, and other issues.
80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can greatly limit a person’s quality of life and ability to work. Getting a proper back brace has the ability to reduce pain.
Knee braces are used for many reasons. Some of these reasons are osteoarthritis, ligament damage (ACL, MCL, LCL, and PCL damage), relieving pain, preventing injuries, and rehabilitation after surgeries. Braces can be custom or non-custom, depending on your needs.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it was found that in 2006, approximately 30% of adults had reported knee pain in the past month. This shows how common knee issues are in America. Knee pain should not be ignored because it causes compensatory issues which can lead to further damage or problems with other body parts besides the knee.
Knee braces can be very beneficial to returning to a comfortable and active lifestyle and many athletes are now wearing knee braces to prevent further injury.
There are hundreds of different knee braces on the market and it is important to go to a certified Orthotist for a proper knee brace evaluation and fitting. There is not just one brace that works on everyone, so having an expert who knows the different bracing options is of utmost importance for your best care.
Often after a fracture, people are placed in a cast or are given the option to get a fracture (brace) orthosis which makes bathing easier and are found to be more comfortable than a cast.
Fractures are common and can happen from tripping over a shoe, slipping on ice, catching yourself while falling, or countless other ways. However, if you fracture a bone, it is important to seek help immediately. Once your physician has examined your fracture thoroughly, they will explain if an orthosis is a good option for your care.
Common fractures that we see are:
Spinal fractures, humeral fractures, tibial fractures, wrist fractures, ankle fractures, and fractured bones in the feet.
We are also able to create many other orthoses that do not fit in the previous categories. As designers of anatomical support structures; we have access to many different materials that can achieve any desired outcome. Simply ask. We can design a one-off device just for you.
Some unique devices are: face masks, compression jackets, pectus carinatum bracing, and much more.