What is Ankle Foot Orthosis AFO?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Ness L300 Walk On AFO-Blue Rocker 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 218 92
Improve mobility 60 50
Stiffness/Spasticity 37 10
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 24 10
Foot drop (left) 15 5
Foot drop (right) 15 6

Show all 43 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 7
Moderate 18
Mild 36
None 108

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

Side effect Patients
Uncomfortable 15
Pain 6
Difficulty putting on 4
Feeling hot 3
Balance problems 2
Can't find shoes to fit 2

Show all 34 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Ankle Foot Orthosis AFO

Dosage Patients
daily 29
as needed 8
1 other daily 2
1 daily 1
2 hr daily 1
8 hr daily 1
9 hr daily 1
5hours as needed 1
all the time (24/7) 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Ankle Foot Orthosis AFO

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 68
Did not seem to work 40
Course of treatment ended 27
Side effects too severe 11
Doctor's advice 6
Personal research 2
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Duration

Currently using Ankle Foot Orthosis AFO

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 13

Stopped using Ankle Foot Orthosis AFO

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 91
Usually 40
Sometimes 23
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 32
A little hard to take 60
Not at all hard to take 62
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 8
$50-99 3
$25-49 2
< $25 59
Not specified 85
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33 patient evaluations for Ankle Foot Orthosis AFO

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slowrambler
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slowrambler
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: severe
I am: g
I have:
MS

See slowrambler's full Ankle Foot Orthosis AFO history

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
Keeper of the Flame
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Keeper of the Flame
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
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FM:8y Dx
CFS:?y
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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
Navy Nurse
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Navy Nurse
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I have:
ALS

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Aug 30, 2016 (Started Feb 04, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ALS (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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