Metal AFO (Ankle Foot Orthoses)
You have been fit with an Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) as part of your treatment. Unless otherwise instructed, please use a gradual break in schedule to allow your body to get used to the device. Start with two to three hours today. Increase an hour per day as tolerated. Following use, remove your orthosis and inspect your skin. There may be some skin redness from pressure areas. Redness should not persist for more than 15 minutes after removal. Persistent redness can be a sign of excess pressure. If you experience numbness, tingling, colour change, excessive itching, swelling or if pain develops, please contact our office for adjustments and do not reapply orthosis. Failure to do so could lead to blisters or open sores. Do not attempt to modify your orthosis.
Your AFO should always be worn with a sock [and shoe]. The sock must extend past the top of the orthosis. This will help prevent rubbing and absorb perspiration. If the hinges start to squeak, feel free to apply some dry lubricant, such as Brace Ease™, Teflon™, silicone spray, or PAM™. All straps should be snug, but not tight. Your orthosis can be cleaned with a wash cloth and mild soapy water. Saddle soap can be used on leather portions. Make certain all soap residue is removed and the orthosis is completely dry before re-applying.
Make sure you are comfortable with how to properly put on and take off your orthosis. Never attempt to modify your orthosis yourself.
Please inspect your orthosis daily for any signs of wear including cracking, loose parts, or decreased effectiveness of the brace and call our office as needed. Excessive wear to the soles of your shoes can adversely affect brace function. A yearly check up is recommended.