Terminology explained.

 

AFO = Ankle Foot Orthosis

 

KAFO = Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis

 

HKAFO = Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis

 

RGO = Reciprocating Gait Orthosis

 

deformities = non-physiological shape, the shape of limbs that need correction

 

dorsiflexion = upward movement of ankle joint

 

plantar flexion = downward movement of ankle joint

 

CNS = central nervous system

 

Subtalar joint = also known as talocalcaneal joint, is a joint of the foot where talus (one of the ankle bones) and the calcaneus (heel bone) meet

 

Orthosis = a Splint that is worn on the outside of a limb or body part for correction or stabilization.

 

Prosthetic = a limb replacement that is worn for regaining the function or as cosmetic cover of the missing body part, e.g.

 

Prosthesis = artificial leg/arm etc O&P professional = Orthotic & Prosthetic professional

 

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An ankle-foot orthosis, orĀ  AFO, is a support intended to control the position and motion of the ankle, compensate for weakness, or correct deformities. AFOs can be used to support weak limbs, or to position a limb with contracted muscles into a more normal position. In addition, AFOs are used to control foot drop caused by a variety of neurologic and musculoskeletal disorders.

 

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