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Ankle Foot Orthoses

An ankle-foot orthosis, or AFO, is a brace designed to support the ankle and foot, improving stability and alignment. It works by restricting movement in specific directions, thereby aiding in mobility and reducing the risk of injury. AFOs are commonly prescribed for individuals with conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, or severe ankle arthritis. They are also used for drop foot, where the individual has difficulty lifting the front part of the foot. Diagnosing the need for an AFO involves a thorough examination by a podiatrist, including medical history, physical assessment, and sometimes imaging studies to understand the underlying condition and its severity. There are various types of AFOs, including rigid AFOs for maximum support, articulated AFOs allowing controlled movement, and dynamic AFOs designed for more natural movement. If you suffer from ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment. If an AFO will help you, this foot doctor can provide personalized advice and a proper fitting.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Kenneth Donovan, DPM from Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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