Foot Drop, also known as drop foot, is a condition in which the person has difficulty lifting the foot upwards(Dorsiflexion), causing the foot to drag while walking. This can make it difficult to walk, and can increase the risk of falls.
Normally, the brain sends signals to numerous muscles during walking to prevent the toes from dragging on the ground. Foot drop can happen when there is a breakdown in the communication between the brain and the muscles, such as during a stroke or brain injury. An important safety risk is the difficulty to adequately elevate the foot off the ground. It is simple to trip over objects on the ground, like a rug or a gap in the pavement, when the toes drag.
Additionally, numbness in the affected foot is another common symptom of foot drop. This increases the likelihood of a fall since they might not be able to detect minute changes when walking on uneven terrain.
Some people with foot drop prefer to swing their affected leg out to the side with each stride in order to prevent dragging their toes. Some people decide to raise their legs high, as if they were marching, in order to let their feet clear the ground.
These various walking styles, meanwhile, neither address the underlying cause of foot drop nor are they likely to aid in recovery. On the other side, they are probably going to lead to more issues, such persistent pain and increased rates of weariness.
This is why wearing an AFO brace for foot drop is usually advised by medical professionals and therapists. AFO braces support the ankle, preventing the toes from dragging and keeping them in line with the rest of the foot. By doing this, you can walk with more confidence and help avoid the emergence of abnormal gait patterns. People who wear a foot drop brace can move around more safely and easily.
Your certified orthotist is the best person to consult when deciding on the best AFO. Because each person is unique, various types of foot drop braces will be fitted based on the individual’s needs. Knowing the various features available in AFO braces will allow you and your clinician to have a more productive discussion.
Here are some of the aspects to look for while selecting an AFO brace for foot drop:
One of the first therapies commonly suggested for people with foot drop is AFO braces along with his physiotherapy. An AFO should be used as a temporary or long-term device according to the severity of the condition and progress evaluated by the treating rehabilitation physician or therapist..
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