Ankle Foot Orthosis
AFOs are made in moulded plastic or a variety of other materials. They are used to help patients with muscular disorders, and can be used either to provide support for weakened limbs or to position limbs into a functional position. AFOs can immobilize the limb in the presence of arthritis, fractures, or post-surgery. When used for sports injuries, it prevents possible re-injury. There are different types of AFOs and they are typically named after their joint: the Tamarack ankle joint, the Oklahoma ankle joint, etc. They are also called articulated AFOs, as they contain joints.