What is Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Drop foot brace Trulife AFO WalkOn AFO Show all

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See also: Foot/ankle splint Foot orthotics

An AFO or "foot brace" is a plastic brace fastened with velcro straps around the foot to prevent tripping or foot drop.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Foot drop 225 96
Improve mobility 54 49
Stiffness/spasticity 39 14
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 25 11
Balance problems 22 6
Foot drop (left) 15 4

Show all 40 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 18
Mild 38
None 103

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

Side effect Patients
Uncomfortable 16
Pain 6
Feeling hot/overheating 3
Balance problems 2
Inability to stand 2
Pain in heel(s) 2

Show all 26 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

Dosage Patients
daily 35
as needed 15
1 other daily 2
all the time (24/7) 2
1 daily 1
14 hr daily 1
20 mg daily 1
100 daily 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 65
Did not seem to work 38
Course of treatment ended 25
Side effects too severe 8
Doctor's advice 5
Personal research 2
See all 133 patients who've stopped using Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

Duration

Currently using Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 26

Stopped using Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 88
Usually 37
Sometimes 24
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 34
A little hard to take 57
Not at all hard to take 56
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 7
$50-99 3
$25-49 2
< $25 62
Not specified 84
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33 patient evaluations for Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

Jul 2, 2017 (Started Oct 11, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 All the time (24/7)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 11, 2017 (Started Oct 11, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 All the time (24/7)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 7, 2012 (Started Oct 11, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 All the time (24/7)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 13, 2009 (Started Oct 11, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 All the time (24/7)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 7, 2008 (Started Oct 11, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: I am not able to walk with my canes or walker without wearing my AFO.

  • 1 helpful mark

Dec 29, 2016 (Started Mar 06, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for joint instability)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I wrote the above evaluation on 12.29.2016 and have been wearing my orthotics for about 4 years. They are hard plastic ones that strap on. They are molded to the shape of my foot. I just wanted to say that health insurance paid for most of the cost of the orthotics so the cost was minimal. Less than $25 for both feet.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 10, 2012 (Started Mar 06, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for joint instability)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I love my orthotics. I wear them all the time. I recommend wearing a shoe size about 2 sizes bigger than your regular shoe size. My foot pain is all gone now. It took a year or so for all of the pain to go away but now my pain is a thing of the past.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 30, 2016 (Started Feb 04, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 As needed
Advice & Tips: Using AFO's while I was still walking, preserved my lower leg muscles markedly.

  • 1 helpful mark
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