Also known as an AFO, this is a brace worn on the lower leg and foot to hold the foot and ankle in an optimal position and correct foot drop.  It is commonly prescribed for disorders that affect muscle function such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury. The brace runs down the calf, attached with a strap, and under the foot, fitting into an accommodative shoe.  The orthotist will align the AFO according to the patient’s needs for support and alignment.

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Last Modified: December 20, 2014