The Textile Drop Foot Orthosis lifts the foot during the swing phase of gait, reducing the risk of trips and falls. Unlike traditional foot drop splints, this orthosis is non-intrusive and can be used in any shoe. Its adjustable elastic component allows the user to adjust the level of foot lift. It is also available in a non-footwear version. This article will explore the benefits of these orthoses and which ones will be best for you.
Ankle foot orthosis:
A conventional ankle foot drop orthosis (AFO) restricts the dorsiflexion and plantarflexion of the ankle during walking. This restricts the ankle joint’s natural motion, disrupting gait rhythm and increasing energy expenditure during walking. In contrast, hinge-applied AFO braces permit the ankle to maintain its flexibility during the loading response, thus reducing energy expenditure during hemiparetic gait. Another type of AFO is Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis, which consists of a custom Supra-Malleolar Orthosis.
Neurodyn foot lift orthosis:
Neurodyn Foot Lift Orthosis is a dynamic compression foot support that helps restore function to a debilitated ankle joint. This orthosis is applied with finger loops and can be worn on the left or right foot. The Sporlastic Neurodyn Foot Lift is available in black and beige. The splint is designed in conjunction with physiotherapists to help patients regain lost functions.
The OttoBock Shox foot drop orthoses are molded from a carbon fiber reinforced material and are intended to be worn at the ankle and foot. They provide moderate resistance to plantarflexion and dorsiflexion, as well as some coronal plane control. These devices feature a footplate and calf band, as well as a small carbon fiber spring that extends around the medial malleolus. The molded footplate and calf band secure the orthosis to the lower leg.
A knitted neurodyn foot drop orthosis has been engineered in Germany to compensate for the lost functionality of a person’s feet. Unlike rigid splints, neurodyn foot orthoses encourage free plantar flexion and movement and support the lift and drop of a person’s foot while walking. Available in black or beige, Neurodyn foot drop orthosis is available for people suffering from foot drop.
A new foot drop brace is on the market, the Saebo Step. This device is a lightweight and comfortable solution to the uncomfortable splints or braces worn outside of the shoe. Its four components lift and stabilize the foot, while the ankle cuff dial and magnetic fasteners help the user adjust the angle of lift and release tension. It is easy to use and requires no special fitting, making it ideal for a wide range of foot types.