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Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

How do I put on my AFO?
  1. Apply a long sock before donning your AFO. It is important to make sure there are no wrinkles in the sock.
  2. Slide your foot into the brace. Make sure the heel is all the way back and the foot is seated in the brace. 
  3. Tighten the strap in the instep of the shoe first to ensure security, then tighten the shin strap. Make sure the straps are snug.
  4. Once the straps are fastened, slide your foot into the shoe. It is important to always wear a shoe with an AFO.
  5. Fasten your shoes. It is important to make sure the top of the shoe is snug.
What is the wear schedule for my AFO?

Just like a new pair of shoes, an AFO also has a breaking in period.

  • Day 1: Wear the brace for 1 hour
  • Day 2: Wear the brace for 2 hours
  • Day 3. Wear the brace for 4 hours
  • Day 4: Wear the brace for 8 hours

Continue this wear schedule until you reach full day use.

If your AFO is causing any redness on the skin and it does not disappear within 20 minutes, please contact your orthotist to schedule an adjustment.

Please remember to always wear your shoe with your AFO for proper support.

How do I clean my AFO?
  • Spray rubbing alcohol on inside and outside of your AFO and wipe it down with a cloth to remove any oils or residue.
  • It is important to clean any foam padding about once a week to prevent build-up.
  • Always check the integrity of the Velcro straps and check for build-ups
What if my AFO does not fit into my shoe?
  • Check to see if the heel is all the way back into the shoe
  • Look to see if the back of the shoe is crushed which could cause the AFO to hang up
  • Remove the insole of the shoe to accommodate the AFO
  • Make sure you are wear proper footwear at all times on both feet.
What are some precautions I should take with my AFO?
  • Never wear your AFO without shoes, it will increase your risk of falls
  • Make sure you are following the initial wear schedule of the AFO to avoid skin irritation
  • Be aware of volume changes of your body that could affect the fit of your AFO
  • Do not sleep in your AFO
  • Different styles of shoes can affect how your standing and walking balance

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