AFO is the abbreviation for ankle-foot orthotics. An AFO brace is worn on the lower leg, foot or both. They are often made of plastic and must be fitted correctly to be effective. If your child has cerebral palsy (CP), consult a doctor or physical therapist about whether an AFO brace might help your child to move more independently.
The AFO brace has the following functions:
- Provides support for a weak leg
- Holds a leg with rigid muscles in a straight and comfortable position
- Sometimes restores function
- Can treat specific problems such as foot drop
There are several different styles of AFO braces that range from pliable to sturdy based on the required level of support. Traditional AFO braces are made of sturdy materials like metal or hard plastic. They typically have a plate that slides into the shoes to help keep the foot level. AFO braces should be custom fitted by a physical therapist or doctor for the best results.
Foot Drop Brace
Foot drop is a condition sometimes caused by CP related to muscle weakness. It happens when the muscles that control the ankle and the up and down movement of the foot are weak. Foot drop affects the ability to walk independently. An AFO brace is one piece of adaptive equipment that can help treat this and similar conditions related to CP.
Cerebral Palsy Legal Help
Sometimes, cerebral palsy is caused by medical negligence or improper medical care. If your child needs an AFO brace to stand or walk independently, consider how that happened. Think about the actions and inactions of people who attended you before, during and after birth. Do you sense that something was wrong? If you are worried about your baby's development, get the facts. A nurse case manager at Sokolove Law can help you begin to connect the dots around the care you received during your labor and delivery and how this could have affected your child. If your child’s injury was the result of medical negligence or improper medical care, you may be entitled to compensation that will help offset the ongoing costs of care and equipment, including AFO braces. Call us today for a free consultation.
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