Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO) are braces designed to support, align, correct, protect and/or improve function of the foot and ankle. Based on the patient’s needs, many designs can be utilized. An AFO may be prescribed for conditions such as muscle weakness, prevention or correction of deformities of foot and ankle, reduction in appropriate weight bearing forces and spasticity
Rigid Ankle-Foot Orthoses
These devices allow the greatest restriction on ankle and foot movement and provide maximum stability. This style is often used to encourage healing and decrease pain by limiting dorsiflexion in gait.
Hinged Ankle-Foot Orthoses
These devices are used to control the up or down movement of the foot. There are many joint options available, depending on the desired range of motion of the ankle. The type of joint selected is based on the individual patient needs. The hinged AFO is most often used for people suffering from drop foot or cerebral palsy.
ESR Ankle-Foot Orthoses
These devices use the name “ESR” which stands for “Energy Storing and Return”. This device is exceptionally special due to the fact it can be tailored for a specific range of desired motion. It also has the ability to store and return energy as it bends through a close to natural gait pattern.
These devices are recommended for forefoot, mid-foot and subtalar instability. They tend to be lower in profile than an AFO, but are more supportive than a basic foot orthosis.
These devices are also known as KAFOs. They are full leg braces which encompass the thigh, the lower leg and the foot. They provide stability around the knee and the ankle. There are a number of different KAFOs available depending on the weakness or the instability of the leg. Different knee and ankle joints are available.
Foot orthoses (arch supports) are custom fabricated using plaster impressions of the feet. There are many styles available depending on your specific needs. In your first visit, an evaluation of your feet and a walking assessment will be performed by a certified orthotist.
We provide a wide variety of foot orthotics to address a number of foot issues. Some orthotics will help limit excessive pronation (collapse of the arch) for patients with flat feet (pes planus). Other types of foot orthotics help to properly position the foot in order to limit harmful biomechanics. Some of the more common reasons for foot orthoses include heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
Modifications can be made to the orthotics to help more effectively distribute pressure along the bottom of your feet. Different materials can make them softer or harder depending on the need.
Our custom foot orthotics are made on-site giving us the ability to make adjustments while you wait and foot orthotics can be made to fit to a variety of shoe types and styles.
The knee joint is the most complex and largest joint in the body. An extreme amount of force goes through our knees on a daily basis. The three main types of knee braces are:
- Ligament Bracing
- Unloading Bracing
- Rehab Bracing
The main objectives of bracing the knee can range from protection / prevention of further injury, facilitate stability, reduce pain and promote healing. There are many different styles, functions and suppliers of knee braces. Due to the wide range of bracing treatments, it is very important to get a proper assessment and diagnosis so that the brace can be customized to the specific needs of the individual.
These devices provide support to the spine in order to maintain a specific position and reduce excessive movement. Spinal braces are used to treat many different spinal disorders such as neck/back sprains, scoliosis, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, post-surgical intervention and fracture. Spinal braces can be custom made or off-the shelf. They are typically made from plastic, metal, foam, elastic and/or fabric.
Upper Extremity Orthotics
Upper extremity orthotics can be made for a number of problems affecting the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and fingers. These devices are typically used to maintain proper alignment, limit movement post-surgically, and limit painful motion due to arthritis. Wrist, thumb and elbow braces can be custom made using a variety of materials, including plastics and leather. Off-the-shelf devices are primarily made using elastics and fabrics with or without reinforcements.
Orthopedic Footwear and Hosiery
Finding the perfect shoe that works with your orthotics can be a big challenge. We offer a full range of orthopedic footwear designed to fit with your devices. Off-the-shelf orthopedic footwear can also treat a variety of foot conditions. Although they are not considered custom orthopedic footwear, many permanent changes can still be made to these shoes. Some shoe modifications that can be made include lifts, rocker soles, widening, wedges, buttresses, and balloon patching. Providing a selection of shoes that are not only functional and fit orthopedic devices, we strive to bring in shoes that look nice too. Come check out our “Fash-pedic” footwear!!!
The proper sock can play a vital role in the whole equation of being comfortable in orthopedic devices and everyday footwear. Our sock selection consists of socks that work well with ankle foot orthosis, diabetic socks for a variety of uses, and gradient compression socks. We also like to provide a selection of socks that are functional and fashionable.